My wife and I find ourselves here whenever their is a new exhibit and I have yet to be disappointed. Been there 8-9 times in the two years we have been here.
Located on one of the canals in A'Dam is this small yet interesting photography museum. The shows are varied, and Id encourage you to see what's on exhibit before you go. Would not want you to be offended, and on occasion some might be.
The photography is cool, the location is very nice as well. Its easy walking from all over Amsterdam, and who doesn't like to walk along the canals?
We lived on the Keizersgracht for a time and I know the area well. You can come here and see the Anne Frank House the same morning. Although you will have very different experiences at them. Then go pick up some flowers at the Singel Market.
The exhibitions here are interesting. I'm not a big photography fan, but I found enough to keep me busy for a few hours. The down sides to this place are that the gift shop is pretty small and doesn't carry much interesting stuff, and there are some places that are inaccessible by stroller or wheelchair. There is a slow elevator that will get you to all the main levels, but there are a few small in-between levels that are only accessible by a narrow staircase. I found myself torn between seeing all the photographs in the exhibition and leaving my baby alone for a few minutes in a gallery. What a dilemma! At least the front desk guy was willing to help me carry my stroller down the front steps of the gallery, so that was something. But yeah, they don't have a ramp to get in the front door or anything, so that is not cool.
Went in summer of 2014. Was the only disappointment of the museums in Amsterdam that I visited. It may just be personal taste but I found the active exhibits to be not terribly thought-provoking or viscerally interesting and the setting feels only slightly nicer than an ordinary art gallery. But the museum curators seem to mean well so if there is an exhibit that would interest you, it may be worth checking out.
This museum probably isn't for everyone. Larry Clark's work (Teenage Lust and Tulsa) were here when we visited. I found it interesting, but some people would find it deeply offensive. I think if you love photography and are relatively open minded, you will like what you find here.
Such a cool museum! There are always special exhibits of both Dutch and international photographers and artists mixed in with the permanent collection.
There is a good mix of photography: b/w, people, objects, abstract, etc from various sources.
There is also a very interesting exhibit called "Afronauts" documenting an African country's ambitions to start their very own space program. I liked it a lot.
The only knock I have on this place is that it's not that big and that it needs to be bigger!! Hopefully when you read this review, decide to go, and contribute to the swell of other visitors who went because of this review, they'll have to expand! :)
I love photography, and they have interesting and frequently changing exhibits. Although it's small, the layout is funny and always gives me the impression I've missed something. But overall it's a nice place to clear your head for half an hour.
Go in for inspiration, come out longing for more. I saw foam for the first time this past MuseumNacht and loved it, even though it was very crowded. The space is a bit cramped and you're bound to be mindful about accidentally damaging a picture on the wall. The museum expands vertically, though, and you could almost never stop climbing the stairs up to some new exhibit.
Last time around I saw pictures from an exhibit about driving around the US and snapping up pictures from inside the car. It was really interesting and inspiring.
Location is very central and easily accessed by train, tram, or by bike. Check it out while you're in the city. You might even pick up a new hobby.
One of my favorite museums in Amsterdam. It's small. Finding your way around could be a little easier but I think that's one of the appeals of Foam - small enough to not to be overwhelming but a great space to get lost in and discover new talent. Definitely a must see for photography fans.
Free for Museum Card holders. Membership to the museum is also pretty well priced and it includes cross membership to other fantastic photography museums around the world, including Fotografiska in Stockholm (one of my faves!).
If you love photography and art in general Foam is really worth a visit. The museum isn't very big, I was inside for about an hour but I must say I usually go through museums quite fast since I have a short attention span.
There are all kind of expositions in this museum and they also change frequently. You will find anything here, from fashion photography to historic photographs (black&white Russian pictures hand coloured afterwards) and much more interesting things.
There is also a nice museum shop and a good restaurant at this place so if you like you could spent quite a while in here.
I love photography. I loved this museum. You walk in and it's the museum store and ticket office. It was a little confusing who was in line for what. No big dilly-o. The displays of books etc. made me want to buy one of everything. The cafe downstairs had a decent coffee with milk.
I happened to visit when the Joel Sternfeld, Stanley Greene, and Sara-Lena Maierhofer collections were on display and it was a pretty captivating collection of works I had not seen before. You should totally make a point of stopping my here.
Looking to do something cultural in Amsterdam and you've already been to the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House? Check out Foam, you will not be disappointed.
I was really impressed by the photography here and also the lay out. It was easy to move between rooms and make sure that you saw every piece of artwork. The great thing was that it wasn't too crowded, so you never really felt rushed to keep it moving and get out of people's way. I enjoyed the fact that each room seemed to be set in a different theme ranging from happy to dark to just plain old weird!
Definite must visit for someone looking to do something different in Amsterdam.
Foam is a very nice small museum with interesting exhibitions. If you like photography, you'll love Foam. If you don't, I think you will still love it.
Oh and there's a great museum cafe too. Do try their chocolate cake!
I visited FOAM in 2007, I went there with the notion that I wanted to visit this museum. I found it very hard to get info on it when I was in the UK but I did find it! And it was a very good find. As I am an adept of photography it was a must see place in Amsterdam!
The only obstacle was to get there! All the streets look the same that I needed 2/3 hours to get there (my sense of orientation isn't the best). But eventually I got there and it was worth it! The building itself is really pretty! On the outside just like any other Amsterdam house but when inside, Wow! The decoration and the glass bridges they have there for you to go through the different exhibitions! Stylish! It is really a nice place to go! I even crashed in at an opening! All posh and filled with Champagne! Good stuff, they even had a dog in there which for me reveals an open minded attitude which adds points to it!
The exhibitions are always changing and it is a very good option to drop by!
I highly recommend it!
Had been wanting to go visit this Gallery but was disappointed with the shows being exhibited.
On the plus side I liked the building and I think it is an interesting exhibition space.
My advice is to carefully check the calibre of show they have on before going.
I know it's my opinion but two of the three shows could have done with some serious editing and I thought the third was just pretentious nonsense.
Great collection. I'm not a fan of modern photography exhibition, for most of them are crap. Foam blew me away. Give body of work; great curation. The museum is small, so you won't drop more than 60-90 mins in there.
photography is my point-and-shoot doing all the work.
i was amazed by the exhibits i saw at this museum - photos take on new dimensions. what people can do with lighting, people, and objects? everything and beyond! the subjects can very glamorous - the first time i saw the traveling exhibit of richard avedon's works (which i saw again in san francisco and new york) and the second was by charlotte dumas - interesting perspective on animals.
for natives and tourists alike, it's a must, especially if you have the yearly museum pass!
Easy to find as there were street signs to direct. Caught a Johan Van De Keuken exhibit that was well curated. The cafe is nice, and the magazines to look through are great. Definitely worth a stop if you're a fan of photography.
Very nice small museum with different exhibitions on photography. Some of them very disturbing, at least when I visited, but also contemporary photography at its finest. Although the museum seemed like a maze to me, you will be rewarded with great works if you find all the little rooms with exhibits. They also sell some related books on photography and their own magazine there.
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