The Moco Museum is the newest attraction in Amsterdam‘s famous and prestigious museum district. Founded in 2016 and becoming a must-see attraction in a very few years, it is a modern museum showcasing the brilliant works of leading contemporary artists.
Located across the street from the Van Gogh Museum and within walking distance of the Rijksmuseum, the Moco Museum cannot boast the monumentality of these two prestigious institutions, but it is perfectly complementary to them because it will make you see art from a novel point of view.
After seeing the immortal masterpieces of Van Gogh and the works that have made Flemish art history, you will be able to admire the iconic works that have marked modern and contemporary art: on display you will find the street art of Banksy, the pop art of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, installations and works by other sacred monsters of the art of our time.
It is a museum perfectly in line with the dynamism of Amsterdam, a capital city that is always in step with the times.
The Moco Museum is a relatively new attraction but has already managed to attract a very high number of visitors. The entrance ticket gives access to the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions and the Moco Garden.
The permanent collection of the Moco Museum is called Moco Masters and brings together the masterpieces of great masters of modern and contemporary art: innovative and visionary minds whose iconic creations have forged the collective imagination of the 20th and 21st centuries.
These are artists who were able to capture the defining elements of their time and express them in timeless works: Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiart, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and Keith Haring, among others.
You will see some of their most famous works, which have profoundly influenced not only new trends in contemporary art but also popular culture, design and fashion.
The Moco Museum has been mistakenly referred to as Banksy’s museum in Amsterdam. This misunderstanding stems from the fact that the exhibition on the British street artist is one of the most successful temporary exhibitions organised by the museum. Already extended several times, it is rumoured that it may become part of the permanent collection, but this is not guaranteed.
The exhibition is titled ‘Banksy Laugh Now‘ and includes some of the artist’s most iconic works, which testify to his interest in social issues and his shrewd irony. These include ‘Girl with Balloon’, ‘Kids on Guns’, ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Flower Thrower’, ‘Monkey Queen’, ‘Kate Moss’ and ‘Beanfiled’.
The exhibition also includes a selection of indoor works, works on canvas, paper or wood made to be exhibited indoors: less well-known to the general public, they are an important testimony to the artist’s multifaceted nature.
Although of high quality, it should be emphasised that the exhibition was not officially endorsed by Banksy and was created in collaboration with some private collectors.
Other highly successful temporary exhibitions organised by the Moco Museum have been dedicated to Daniel Arsham, Yayoi Kusama, Icy & Sor and Roy Lichtenstein.
The museum’s outdoor garden is a natural continuation of what is contained within the premises: a kind of open-air gallery where surprising and irreverent works by artists such as Banksy, KAWS, WhIsBe, Fidia and Marcel Wanders are located.
The works on display in the Moco Garden are constantly changing; some can be touched and even used for a multi-sensory experience.
The location of the museum is in itself a good reason to pay the entrance fee. The Moco Museum is in fact housed in Villa Alsberg, an elegant mansion dating from 1904. The design of the house is by architect Eduard Cuypers, grandson of the architect who designed the prestigious Rijksmuseum.
It was one of the first houses built in Amsterdam’s museum district and served as a private home until 1939; it was later rented out to the priests of the St. Nicholas School and later converted into the office of a law firm.
Moco Museum entrance tickets can be purchased online for a small reduction on the ticket price; there are reductions for students and young people aged 7-17, while children under 6 get in free. During the purchase process you will be asked to indicate the day and time of your visit; entry is guaranteed half an hour before and half an hour after the indicated time.
For a small additional fee, it is possible to hire an audio guide available in several languages.
If you would like to add other attractions and activities to your visit to the Moco Museum, such as a cruise on the Amsterdam canals, purchase a combination ticket that will save you money on individual entries.
The Moco Museum is open 7 days a week from morning until evening. Keep in mind that the museum is not very large, especially compared to huge museums such as the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum: at peak hours the museum is therefore very crowded. To enjoy your visit without crowds, it is advisable to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
The Moco Museum is located next to the famous Van Gogh Museum in the heart of Amsterdam’s museum district. It is a central area where some of the Dutch capital’s main tourist attractions are concentrated. The area is very popular and is well served by public transport and therefore easily accessible.
The most convenient way to reach the Moco Museum is by tram: lines 2, 5 and 12 stop near the entrance. For those arriving by car, the nearest car park is the Q-Park in the basement of the Museumplein (for a fee).
The Moco Museum is located in the Museumplein, the museum district, south of the city centre, close to other famous attractions such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum.
City Card allow you to save on public transport and / or on the entrances to the main tourist attractions.