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FOAM Photography Museum Amsterdam

FOAM - Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known for its charming canals, picturesque houses and rich history. But it's also an important destination for art lovers and photography enthusiasts. The FOAM Museum is a place where you can experience photography in all its glory, and in this guide we will give you all the information you need to plan your visit.

FOAM Museum, which stands for Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, is located in the heart of the city at Keizersgracht 609, near Leidseplein and Museumplein.

The museum opened its doors in 2001 and is housed in a beautiful 18th century building. Here you will find a fascinating collection of photographs ranging from contemporary art to historical works.


In the FOAM Museum, you can explore different exhibitions that vary in time and theme, allowing you to experience a variety of photographic styles and techniques.

These include works by famous photographers such as Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon and Annie Leibovitz, but also works by new and exciting talents.

One of the most popular and permanent exhibitions in the museum is 'Icons', which showcases iconic images from the history of photography.

Here you can see famous works such as "Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange, "Afghan Girl" by Steve McCurry and "Tank Man" by Jeff Widener.

In addition to these iconic images, the museum also offers a wide range of temporary exhibitions that change regularly.

Besides the exhibitions, FOAM Museum also offers a range of guided tours and workshops. The guided tours are available in both Dutch and English and give you a deeper insight into the museum's collections and current exhibitions.

These tours must be pre-booked, and it is recommended to do so well in advance of your visit.


The workshops at the FOAM Museum are another great opportunity for visitors to learn more about photography and its techniques.

Here you can participate in various activities, such as creating your own photogram, learning about analog and digital photo processes, or exploring portrait photography.

"The workshops are suitable for both beginners and experienced photographers and can be pre-booked on the museum's website.

When it comes to tickets, there are several options. If you only want to visit the FOAM Museum, you can buy a single ticket, but if you plan to visit several museums during your stay in London, you can buy a single ticket.

In Amsterdam, you might consider buying a 'Museumkaart' or'I Amsterdam City Card'. These cards give you access to a large number of museums and attractions in the city and can save you both time and money.

Opening hours

FOAM Museum is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00, with the exception of Thursdays when the museum is open in the evening until 21:00. It is important to note that the museum is closed on royal holidays, such as King's Day (April 27), and some national holidays.

To reach the FOAM Museum, you can easily get there by public transportation. Tram lines 1, 2, 5, 13 and 17 stop at the tram stop "Westermarkt ", which is just a few minutes walk from the museum.

If you prefer cycling, which is a popular and environmentally friendly way to explore Amsterdam, there are several bike rental locations near the museum.

As well as exploring the exciting exhibitions at the FOAM Museum, you can also visit their shop where you will find a wide range of photo books, posters, postcards and unique gifts related to photography.

The shop is open during regular museum hours and is a great place to find something to take home as a souvenir of your visit.

When you need a break from art, you can visit the FOAM Café, located in the same building as the museum. Here you can enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or a cold drink along with a selection of salads, sandwiches, pastries and cakes.

The café is a perfect place to relax and reflect on the photographs you have seen during your visit.

Finally, if you want to further immerse yourself in photography while exploring other parts of Amsterdam, consider joining one of the many photo tours offered in the city.

Led by professional photographers, these tours take you to some of Amsterdam's most photogenic locations, while giving you tips on how to improve your own photography skills.




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