The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam or Municipal Museum Amsterdam, is a museum for design, contemporary art and modern art from the early 20th century until the 21st century, which can be found in Amsterdam, the most populated and capital city of the Netherlands.
The collection is composed of the works of artists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Andy Warhol, Lucio Fontana, Marlene Dumas, Gilbert and George, Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, and Vincent Van Gogh.
The Stedelijk Museum opened its doors to the public on September 14, 1895. It was designed by a Dutch architect named Adriaan Willem Weissman and the construction was greatly funded by Sophia Adriana de Bruyn, a wealthy widow and daughter of a merchant in Amsterdam, in 1890.
The construction of the museum was part of the modernization initiative that was organized by the local citizens in 1850. It was initially built to house de Bruyn’s art collection and antiques that she donated to the city.
Aside from de Bruyn, the Van Eeghen family also donated money to shoulder the construction costs and also gave paintings from the collection of Pieter van Eeghen. Along with the donated paintings, the museum originally showcased collections which include militaria of the Amsterdam militia and artifacts from the Museum of Chronometry and the Medical-Pharmaceutical Museum.
From 1930 to 1972, a large collection of Van Gogh’s masterpieces became one of the main attractions in the museum and were moved to the Van Gogh Museum in 1972.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands reopened the museum in September 2012 after more than eight years of continuous renovation.
A new building at the back of the Weismann building was constructed and was designed by Mels Crouwel, a Dutch architect. It has a unique shape because it looks like an enormous bathtub wherein you can find the main entry to the museum between the bathtub’s legs.
The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam may be a heaven for those people who have a special inclination or liking for contemporary and modern arts because of the various forms of arts that it showcases. Aside from housing different paintings and artworks that the museum is known for, it also has other activities and programs such as music concerts, lectures, films, and even stage performances which help boost the number of visitors that visit it.
If you happen to watch any of the shows or performances and bought a ticket for that, you may enter the museum as many times as you want during the day of its validity. However, the restaurant and library in the museum are accessible without a ticket.
There are also lunchroom and gadgets shop that you can go to.
Those with disabilities or handicapped people can also be guided by dogs that were trained to assist blind or partially sighted people.
For those who wish to watch shows or performances showcased in the museum, you could visit their website to know or inquire about the ticket prices and the schedules of the shows that will be shown.
1071 DJ Amsterdam
Phone: +31 20 573 2911