Foam Photography Museum in Amsterdam

Museum Background

Foam is a museum in Amsterdam that’s focused on photography, but they don’t just stop at hanging pictures on their walls.  They’re an international organization that not only displays the work of artists in their building, but they also supports the growing of the arts through the publication of a magazine, promotion of young artists, and other methods.

They have a rotating set of four different exhibitions, so check in with them frequently to make sure you don’t miss something you’re interested in.

My Experience

Date of visit: November 22, 2015

As the first photography museum that I’ve ever been to, I really expected a square room with framed photos on each wall (what other museums typically have in the section reserved for shutterbugs).

That’s definitely not what I found.  The museum is housed in an old canal house, and the rooms have been remodeled to be very modern, but it has turned the place into a maze.  This made it all the more exciting because we constantly found corners and staircases to explore, and sometimes the same exhibit even looked different from opposite sides.

Plus, one of the exhibits had a bunch of voodoo masks and statues (some with photographed faces pasted on), so you never know what you might find!

Practical Information

Hours:  Mon. to Wed. 10 AM – 6 PM, Thurs. and Fri. 10 AM – 9 PM, Sat. and Sun. 10 AM – 6 PM

Prices:  €10 for adults, €7.50 for students, and free with the museumkaart!

Address:  Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Website:  http://www.foam.org/

Phone Number:  +31 (0)20 5516500

Who Would Most Enjoy This Museum?

My expectations were that this would be most enjoyed by photographers or people really into photography, but I now think the opposite.  Some of the exhibits were quite removed from the basic form of that art, and these heavily crossed into different forms of media.

That being said, I found the building itself to be the most exciting part.  It is very well designed, and it’s a lot of fun to explore and let yourself get lost… just a little.  My two favorite rooms were the library and the attic (with books for sale).  Did you find those?

Insider Advice

We went on a Sunday evening when the weather outside was a typical Amsterdam rain.  Unfortunately, this meant that the museum was fairly crowded, and we even completely gave up on the exhibit we were most excited about.  But, the good news is that one of the museum employees suggested coming on Thursday or Friday nights.  The museum stays open until 9 both of those days, and she said that it’s virtually empty.