In the famous Museumplein area you can also find the Stedelijk Museum (literally the Urban Museum) which is considered one of the most important sites of modern and contemporary art and design in the Netherlands. The spectacularity of the place already begins with its external structure, considered a true icon of modern architecture. It currently houses more than 90,000 creations including objects, design items, posters and works created from 1850 to the present day.
The museum was founded by a group of private citizens who decided in 1874 to bring together their private collections to make them available to all Dutch people. At first, the works were exhibited in the Rijksmuseum, while in 1895 they were moved to this new building designed by Adriaan Willem Weissman. At the end of the 19th century, the museum also boasted pictorial works by Dutch and French artists of the 19th century but a renovation project in 1920 changed the present collection by dedicating the site entirely to modern and contemporary art.
The Stedelijk Museum offers its visitors a tour of discovery of modern and contemporary art, starting with works created since the mid-19th century by important international exponents. Specifically, the main section contains an itinerary that aims to show how art has evolved and changed over the last centuries, touching on different currents such as Bauhaus, De Stijl, CoBrA and pop art.
The exhibition design by Rem Koolhaas allows the works to be observed through innovative and unconventional perspectives. Thus, one can discover great artists such as Karel Appel, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Marlene Dumas, Wassili Kandinsky, Edward Kienholz, Piet Mondriaan, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Gerrit Rietveld, Ettore Sottsass and Andy Warhol.
Of particular value are an extensive collection of paintings by Kazimir Severinovič Malevič, a room painted by Karel Appel and the only work in a European museum by the Venezuelan painter Armando Julio Reverón Travieso (1889 – 1954).
Externally, the façade is a combination of light stone and red brick in line with the Dutch neo-Renaissance aesthetics of the 16th century. In 2004, the museum was closed for renovation work that led to the creation of a new wing, designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, which opened to the public after eight years with an inauguration ceremony attended by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. This new section covers an area of 8,000 square metres, hosts temporary exhibitions and events and is called the ‘Bathtub‘ by the Dutch because of its special shape.
Tickets for the Stedelijk Museum can be purchased conveniently online or at the museum ticket offices. A reduced student ticket is available: minors get in free when accompanied by an adult.
If you would like to combine admission to the Stedelijk with a canal cruise, purchase a combination ticket which will save you money on individual tickets.
The Stedelijk Museum is one of the attractions included in the I Amsterdam City Card, the official card of the Amsterdam Tourist Board. If you are planning to visit several museums and attractions in the city and travel unlimited by public transport, it is definitely cheaper to buy the city card instead of a single admission ticket.
The Stedelijk Museum is open daily with the following opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m
The Stedelijk Museum can be easily reached by the following public transport means
The Stedelijk Museum is located in the famous Museum Quarter known as Museumkwartier at the famous Museumplein (Museum Square). The site is close to two other important museums, the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.
City Card allow you to save on public transport and / or on the entrances to the main tourist attractions.