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Foam - Photography Museum Amsterdam

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Address: Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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+31 20 551 6500
10:00 - 21:00
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Thu - Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Wed 10:00 - 18:00

Foam enables people all over the world to experience and enjoy photography,...

Foam enables people all over the world to experience and enjoy photography, whether it's at our museum in Amsterdam, on the website, via Foam Magazine or in our Editions Gallery.Completed in 1716, the building where Foam is situated - Keizersgracht 609 - first operated as a warehouse. In 2002 it became Foam and has since been a hotspot for photography lovers.Foam nurtures and shows upcoming artists in combination with exhibitions of well known photographers and historical work. It has a gallery, library, bookshop and cafe.

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I am a keen amateur photographer, so was keen to visit this museum. It was not as I expected at all, I thought there would be dusty cabinets with antique cameras. There were a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

off chance we found this place and visited - excellent museum and a really nice cafe. There is currently a great exhibition on - William Eggleston - with a great short film about him. his techniques especially on development and colour are amazing.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a keen amateur photographer, so was keen to visit this museum. It was not as I expected at all, I thought there would be dusty cabinets with antique cameras. There were a number of exhibitions, so something to suit all tastes. One exhibition I didn't buy into, one was really 'stimulating' and the last was as I expected.... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love photography and we love to see the results of professional work. Just a view weeks ago we visited the world press photo exhibition and were very excited about the excellent an impressive pictures. Having said this our expectation was high when we entered the FOAM. A ticket for 11 € is not to much for a professional exhibition... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum itself is probably worth a visit for photography lovers as they showcase some unique pieces. For people who are not that much into photography it might be a bit too artistic in my opinion.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here to see the William Eggleston exhibition, which was expansive and included a 26-minute documentary - making for a very informative and unique experience. It's a great place to find photography off the beaten path, and also has a good selection of books and merchandise.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On the ground floor you find some very modern art, which was interesting but not to our taste. The photo exhibitions upstairs were ver cool!

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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

FOAM is an essential stop for me in Amsterdam. Despite the constraints of the space, exhibitions are usually curated there in an original and engaging way. I felt that the current Daisuke Yokota exhibition for example is really taking the viewer on a powerful and physical journey with a great surprise at the end! There are only 3-4 public galleries... More 

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went for the Daisuke Yokota exhibit (which, in the end, might have been to "cool" for us), but ended up absolutely engrossed in William Eggleston's pictures. Fun museum, with very cool, innovative exhibits. There is a cloakroom downstairs and a nice little on-site cafe. Start at the top of the museum (third floor) and work your way down.

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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We had a 9 hour layover on our way to Malaysia and it was perfect because I had been wanting to check out Harley Weir exhibit. I went through it 3x. Another exhibit of Hiroshi Sugimoto was breathtaking. The museum itself is nothing special and the price is a little expensive but when exhibits are well curated like this it... More 

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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Like other people here, if a place is called a Museum, I have expectations. Sorry but this did not meet them. We are keen photographers and were excited to include this place on our museum trail. Inside there is a nice book shop style entrance which was encouraging and we browsed and enjoyed the books. Once inside there are a... More 

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