The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is Amsterdam’s museum of modern art. The museum is located at Museum Square, along with the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and Moco Museum. There is a large collection of contemporary art and design from the 20th and 21th century. The building itself consists of the old building, dating back to 1895, added with a modern wing, shaped like a huge smooth-white bathtub. The new Stedelijk Museum of modern art in Amsterdam was reopened in 2012.
Amsterdam’s modern art museum: the ‘Stedelijk’
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam started to actively buy art from the 1930s onwards. The modern art museum in Amsterdam, or as the locals call it: the ‘Stedelijk, created the the biggest collection of modern and contemporary art of The Netherlands. Objects include textiles, ceramics, posters, furniture, photography, paintings and sculptures.
Kandinksy, Warhol, Willem de Kooning
The Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum has gathered a truly impressive modern art collection. The museum of modern art has works from Kandisky, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Cézanne, Chagall, Marlene Dumas, Kandinsky, Edward Kienholz, Jeff Koons, Malevich, Picasso, Pollock and many Dutch artists like Willem de Kooning, Karel Appel, Gerrit Rietveld and Mondrian.
The impressive collection of iconic works is on show at all times at the museum. In the basement there is Stedelijk Base, featuring around 700 pieces. The art is grouped around an art movement from the past, like De Stijl, Bauhaus, CoBrA, popart and Abstract Expressionism or around a social theme or an influential artist. About 70% of the space in the museum is dedicated to the BASE collection. The experimental presentation offers an accessible way to discover art and design from 1880 to the present.
Temporary exhibitions at Amsterdam modern art museum
The museum also has temporary exhibitions. Check out the Amsterdam exhibition calendar for current art exhibitions.
The large new wing of the Stedelijk Museum of modern art in Amsterdam, added in 2012, is a controversial creation by Mels Crouwel of the Dutch company Benthem Crouwel Architects. The museum had been closed from 2004 and reopened after many delays in 2012. A long wait for everyone. The design is called by locals: ‘the bathtub’.
Restaurant free to visit
The souvenir shop, entrance and the restaurant are open for the public without a ticket. The restaurant is open 7 days a week from 830 in the morning till midnight. Outside the Stedelijk there is Richard Serra’s extraordinary 11.5-meter-high steel sculpture ‘Sight Point’.
Opening times Stedelijk Museum
The Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum is open every day from 10.00 am till 6.00 pm. On Friday you can visit the Amsterdam modern art museum until 10 pm (22.00 hours).
Entrance tickets Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Normal entrance to the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is €15. Students are €7,50.
Skip the line and buy online tickets to the Amsterdam’s modern art museum: Stedelijk Museum.
Check out the Amsterdam exhibition calendar for current art exhibitions.