Image by Kasper Vogelzang

Stedelijk Museum – The giant bathtub

Yes – it’s a museum. Yes – you can find it in all the other city guides as well. But: it’s definitely a part of Amsterdam and part of my scope of activities here in Amsterdam.

First of all – it has been rejuvenated. After being closed for renovation for 5 years it reopened with a complete new look – architecturally speaking. While the old facade at the Paulus-Potterstraat remains the same, the back side and now official entry has been transformed dramatically; the whole building resembles a giant bathtub! Architecturally speaking it’s pretty interesting – you may like it or not.

A café with a terrace, a nice book/gift shop, enough to spend some leisurely time after the museum visit. But why it is interesting enough to include it in my articles, and my activities – that is mainly due to its activities towards a younger audience, a wider contemporary approach than an art museum usually has.

So besides just being a museum with modern and contemporary art, Het Stedelijk offers an insight into what’s really going on in contemporary culture.

Until 21st of May: Ed van der Elsken, a true Amsterdam street photographer – he was active in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s – I stumbled upon his videos on Youtube, and the simplistic street (people) imagery made me travel back in time back to the days when I first came to Amsterdam: colorful people, crazy artists, girls on tram stations, everyday scenes, yet full of magic and curiosity.

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Details about this spot



Museumplein 10, Amsterdam

Opening Times

Mon - Thu & Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:00, Fri 10:00 - 22:00


Entry ticket: € 15


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)