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Museum of Photography Amsterdam

Foam (Photography Amsterdam) enables people all over the world to experience and enjoy photography, whether it’s at our museum in Amsterdam, on the website, via our internationally distributed magazine or in our Editions department.

Foam is for photographers, picture editors, designers and all those who have a passion for photography. We focus especially on exhibitions, publications, discussions and specific projects relevant to contemporary themes in this field. Of course, well known photographers and historical work has an important place on our agenda. But special attention in our exhibition programme and elsewhere is also given to nurturing upcoming artists.

The heart of the Foam organisation is in Amsterdam. From here we develop and produce our exhibitions programme. We manage print publications like Foam Magazine as well as all online content. Foam Editions also has its home here, offering a wide range of work for collectors.

Essential to Foam is our extensive international network of photography professionals and partners. They help to plan and develop new projects, ensuring that the largest audience possible can experience the power of photography.

Read more about FOAM and the current expo’s on their site.

The nine streets

9_streetsThe nine streets De Negen Straatjes is a collective name given to nine small, cosy streets between Raadhuisstraat and Leidsestraat. They house a great number of vintage stores, alternative fashion, and specialised theme stores. The streets are also an excellent location for a good cup of coffee and a short escape from the busier streets of Amsterdam.

For those of you who’ve been there / are from there: it’s comparable to the Prenzlauerberg in Berlin or the Village in New York.

Loads of locals strolling around – an Amsterdam vibe pur sang.

The Rembrand house

Rembrandt lived between 1639 and 1658 is  a house  in Amsterdam which is now a museum: Museum het Rembrandthuis or the Rembrandt House Museum.

The building was constructed in 1606 and 1607 in what was then known as the Sint Anthonisbreestraat. The street did not come to be called the Jodenbreestraat until later. The house was built on two lots in the eastern part of the city. Many rich merchants and artists settled in this new part of town. The house can clearly be seen on a bird’s eye view map dating from 1625  It is a substantial two-storey dwelling house with a stepped gable. In about 1627-28 the house was drastically remodelled. It was given a new façade, a triangular corniced pediment—the height of modernity at the time—and another storey was added. The reconstruction was probably overseen by Jacob van Campen, who was later to make his name as the architect of Amsterdam Town Hall (now the Palace in Dam Square).


The house on itself is an exhibition but offers a beautiful collection of work as well.

History of the collection

Queen Wilhelmina officially opened the Rembrandt House Museum on 10 June 1911. At the suggestion of the painter Jan Veth, one of the members of the museum’s first board of governors, it had been decided to assemble a collection of Rembrandt’s etchings, which, it was felt, could hardly be better displayed than in the house in which most of them were made. Veth himself laid the foundations for the collection with the temporary loan of the etchings in the Lebret-Veth collection that were of sufficient quality. The first gifts were not long in coming.The first gift of an etching came from Paul Warburg in New York: a fine early impression of St. Jerome beside a pollard willow.

In the same year the artist Jozef Israels gave the new museum six etchings including Abraham’s sacrifice from the famous English collection of William Esdaile. An honorary member of the board of governors, P. Hartsen, deserves a special mention. His generous donations, having helped make the purchase of the house possible in the first place, then continued to add to the buying fund. The Rijksmuseum donated eleven etchings, duplicates from its print room, which have been in the Rembrandt House ever since.

The Museum of Bags and Purses

Yep! I thought, lets start introducing you to something completely different than the daily museums in Amsterdam. I will cover some of the more odd ones for you during the next months. 😉

The Museum of Bags and Purses is a unique museum that shows the history of the Western bag from the 16th century to the present day. The collection offers a fascinating insight into the development of the bag through the centuries in its function, shape, material and decoration.

The museum is housed in a magnificent building dating from 1664 on the Herengracht in the centre of Amsterdam. In this building one can admire two period rooms with painted ceilings and chimney pieces dating from the 17th and 18th century.

The museum shop offers a wide range of bags by Dutch and international designers. The shop also has an extensive assortment of cards, books and gift items.

The stylish museum café is situated at the rear of the building, overlooking the historical museum garden.

The museum is open every day from 10.00-17.00 hours.

here’s a link to the museum for you


A day out in the Amsterdam Zoo

Artis, the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, founded in 1838, shows its historical character even before you walk through the gates: two golden eagles are perched proudly atop the main entrance. People enjoy the 19th-century atmosphere of the gardens: the winding paths, majestic trees, the fascinating sculptures and the monumental historical buildings. Artis is a haven of peace and quiet right in the city centre of Amsterdam.
Artis is a fascinating zoo. In an area of 14 hectares around 700 species of animals provide a magnificent overview of the entire animal kingdom. Amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, mammals and insects… all are superbly represented. Artis’s renowned Aquarium brings you face to face with … the secret life of Amsterdam’s canals! Around the zoo you’ll find many more Dutch and European animal and plant species, as well as more exotic ones. You can also come to quench your thirst for knowledge at the Planetarium, the museums and all kinds of smaller exhibitions.

visit the Amsterdam Zoo website

Where to eat in Amsterdam, from ridiculously cheap to more luxurious

sports cafeBesides the restaurants , we’ve included some worthwhile cafés and bars for you to get your meals and drinks . A large number of more touristy bars can be found around the Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. There’s plenty of other areas in Amsterdam with great nightlife! Try for example the Nieuwmarkt near the Red Light District, or De Pijp and Jordaan areas for more of the local bars. Most cafés and bars are also great for hanging out in daytime.

If you want to eat a bit more in euhm … style, 😉 there are numerous international restaurants spread all over Amsterdam. The wide range of restaurants and eateries in Amsterdam represent a melting pot of cultures. We’ve selected the best ones for you, from ridiculously cheap to more luxurious, and from steaks and sushi to vegan and vegetarian! So pick your own favorites and remember cheap is not all bad.

Checkout our food and drink section for more information

The Heineken experience

… is one of the most popular things to do in Amsterdam.

Four levels of interactive experiences in the former brewery will dip your chin deep into the fascinating world of Heineken!

The entrance fee is €15 and two beers are included.

If you want to go there, and don’t want to wait in line… Just order your tickets online in advance .

Fill out a form, pay, print your tickets and spend more time in the brewery and not waiting in line! You can pay by either using a credit card or Ideal (for Dutch visitors). After completion of your order, the tickets will be sent to you by email and you need to print them yourself.

You can order your tickets here.

Open: Mon-Sun 11-19 (ticket sales till 17:30)
You have to be 18 to go here without supervision.

Leiden Daytrip


A post yesterday on the forum made me think about what the other cities around Amsterdam can offer on a daytrip out of the city. And well… there is plenty. After all the Netherlands is such a small country that it takes up no time at all to go places. Let’s start off with Leiden.

Leiden is just like Amsterdam a city of channels but on a smaller scale. It is a very cozy city with lots of historic buildings, picturesque streets, alleys and sights. In the Golden Age, Leiden was the second most important city in the Netherlands with all of its wealth and academic fame. It is still a  student city, so there is lots to do in Leiden. The inner-city is swamped with  bars, coffee shops (yep both sorts), terraces and places to meet. But on the cultural side there is much to do as well.  A must see is the ‘Burcht’  one of the most striking monuments of Leiden.


The elevation on which this citadel is situated was erected by people around the years 850 – 1150 as a defence against the water of the Rhine. The citadel itself is from around 1150. The city expanded around the fortress. Nowadays it is a city park. The gates are open during daytime and the entrance is free.

Leiden also hosts the best museums around and has regular festivities. I always think of Leiden as a small version of Amsterdam ; it has  the  charm of a city but  the warmth of a small village.

Did you know that lots of famous painters came from here, like Rembrandt van Rijn, fine-painter Gerrit Dou, Jan Steen, Jan van Goyen, Lucas van Leyden, and Theo van Doesburg, who established De Stijl (“the style”) in Leiden.

So what more can I say about Leiden? I guess you have to see it for yourselves.  The only downside I can think of is that Leiden has not much accommodation for the budget traveler. The closest hostel is in a village nearby called Noordwijk aan Zee and is called The Flying Pig Beach Hostel. But it is very easy to get to Leiden by train or by bus.

In a next post I will look into some places, like  museums and food and drink. and will add a map so you can see where everything is.

Friday night skate

Friday Night Skate is a skating event for all and takes place every Friday night. The route is about 15 to 25 kilometres long. Every Friday throughout the year (if the streets are dry) well make a skate tour in Amsterdam of about 20 Kilometres. Anyone can join in for free under the condition that you are skilled skater who is able brake well.If it turns out you cannot keep up or if you are not skilled enough, you will be asked to quit and practise more before you join again.

The volunteers try their best to make every skate tour through the city safe, still joining the Friday Night Skate is always at your own risk. The tourorganisors, Foundation Skate and/or other volunteer workers do not accept any responsibility for injuries or damages.The use of a helmet, wrist-, elbow- and knee protection is strongly recommended!

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Funky Sinterklaas Market

Date: Sunday 05 dec. ’10 Location: Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek

On December 5th the Funky Sinterklaas Market takes place in the Westergasfabriek. Sinterklaas, Sint Nicolaas or St. Nicholas is  a bigger event in Holland than Santa Claus at Chrismas. On the market you can do your last minute shopping for presents.

The Sunday Market in the Westergasfabriek is the monthly  Fashion, Art & Designmarkt in Amsterdam.

Designers, artists and craftsmen show and offer their own unique products of design artwork, vintage, jewelry, bags affordable art and much more. You will also find biological food delicacies  and you can have a bite or a drink on the many terraces.

The Sunday Market is inspired by London Markets like Camden, Portobello en Spitalfield, where shopping and creativity, inspiration and getting inspired are keywords.

The market is from 12.00 – 18.00 pm.