We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Try Foam instead”

Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography
Ranked #130 of 615 things to do in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Huis Marseille is Amsterdam's first photography museum. For over fifteen years now, Huis Marseille has been offering a varied exhibition program in which photography's rich history and diverse uses are given consideration. In addition to this, the museum also frequently shows work from its own collection of contemporary photography. Huis Marseille serves as a platform for the particularization of photography. The museum provides a view of the 'landscape' taking shape in photography; it presents photographers, artists and forms of photography which do justice to visual quality and which can be counted among the medium's major, but also lesser known, highlights. This stands in contrast to the profusion of photography as a mass medium. In terms of the installation of exhibitions, the unique structure of this house plays a significant role. Each of the thirteen exhibition spaces has its own specific character, yet all of them relate well to the work on display. The building still has the atmosphere of a 'gentleman's residence', but its rooms have now become galleries. A sense of warmth and intimacy has remained. Huis Marseille strives to make the visitor feel welcome in these home-like surroundings.
Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

We visited both these photography museums in the same day. FOAM was by far the best. This one is a bit niche. Looks closed from the outside but an automatic door gains you entry. More expensive than FOAM.

Thank CardiffMaddie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (145)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
All reviews
"exhibition space"
in 3 reviews
"canal house"
in 5 reviews
"beautiful canal"
in 4 reviews
"temporary exhibits"
in 2 reviews
"typical dutch"
in 2 reviews
"canal side"
in 3 reviews
"interesting exhibition"
in 2 reviews
"book shop"
in 2 reviews
"great building"
in 2 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 5 reviews
"steep stairs"
in 2 reviews
"on display"
in 3 reviews
in 12 reviews
in 51 reviews
in 7 reviews
in 10 reviews
in 2 reviews

6 - 10 of 145 reviews

Reviewed 15 March 2018

We enjoyed our visit here even though the current exhibitions were not right up our alley.We didn't need to spend more then an hour or so because of this but do not let that deter you from checking this museum out.Art can be so very personal and photography aficionados should make the time for this special canal-side gorgeous gallery.

Thank VancouverZengirl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 25 February 2018

Photography is art and therefore there are things that you will love, like, loathe and hate or just have not interest in. The exhibits for my visit were very good documentary journalistic photo exhibits, but unfortunately neither if the exhibits lit my flame so to speak, I understood the stories that they were trying to tell, but as photographs they did not excite me, which as a keen photographer I am looking for them to do.

The building itself is well laid out and easy to follow, the narrative alongside the images is very good. and the staff were helpful, it was just unfortunate that for this visit the artist did not tick my box.

Thank cgmoo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Huis Marseille was an amazing find. I was looking for something different and an exhibit, Jerusalem Stone caught my eye. Entry fee was beyond reasonable at 8 euro. The museum is small but laid out over several floors. Each room is curated beautifully for maximum impact. I was pleased to find 2 special exhibits, Jerusalem Stone and Setting the Stage, a photographic exhibit on North Korea. The museum was not at all crowded which gave ample opportunity to linger over both thought provoking exhibits. I will definitely return on my next trip to see what is new.

Thank Melinda N
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 28 January 2018

Reading some of the previous reviews, it's hard to understand the preconceptions some people arrive with when they visit a 'museum' in a traditional canalside house in Amsterdam. 'Museum' is a generic term, not a specific undertaking to provide a chronological history of an art form - if it was then art museums worldwide would have to close for false advertising. Coming to a 'museum' located in a typical Dutch canalside house should be self-explanatory; you're going to be moving up and down a lot, rather than from side to side. Lifts are provided.

The Huis Marseille really worked for me. The current exhibitions of Eddo Hartmann and Ad Van Denderen are provocative and politically charged, which is something generally avoided in the contemporary sensationalist and self-indulgent/self-reverential art world. They are very much looking out, questioning the viewer about the world in which they inhabit, and how the motivated reportage received through mainstream media distorts perception.

I really appreciated the curatorship and the use made of the not exactly easy to work with space; it's like a little adventure moving through the beautiful gallery. Seemingly not big on the tourist map, I was overjoyed with the time and space to absorb the images in the tranquil environment, without some impatient person wanting to take a photo shuffling around me.


Thank Jegsy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography also viewed

Amsterdam, North Holland Province
Amsterdam, North Holland Province
Amsterdam, North Holland Province
Amsterdam, North Holland Province

Been to Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing