9 Alternative Museums in Amsterdam
January, 16th 2020
We at Youseum have counted up our favourite alternative museums in Amsterdam, which isn’t to say that you shouldn’t visit the heavy-hitters. But we always love to look closer and think bigger, and in a city with over 70 options, there’s huge variety to choose from.
1. Outsider Art Museum
This museum started as a project of the Hermitage Museum Amsterdam and has Youseum vibes written all over it: outsiders, alternative perspectives, and work from the people you’d least expect to see showcased.
2. Electric Ladyland
This is the only museum in the world totally dedicated to flourescent art, and trust us: it’s a trip. Truly representing the alternative of museums in Amsterdams, this isn’t one to miss.
3. Katten Kabinet
The Cat Cabinet on the Herengracht is one of the more idiosyncratic of the alternative museums of Amsterdam, in that it’s exclusively dedicated to art about cats. There’s definitely a sense of humour that pervades the collection, but don’t go looking for any self-portraits here.
4. De Nieuwe Kerk
Okay, this one is pretty famous. And big (it’s in a 15th century church on the Dam Square). But bear with us: the Nieuwe Kerk programs some of the most exciting special exhibitions on offer in Amsterdam. In the last year alone, the museum has featured work by Chagall, el Greco, a history of Marilyn Monroe, and the annual World Press Photo competition.
This museum dedication to showcasing microscopic life is a project by Artis Zoo in Oost (our turf 😉) and is absolutely worth the trip. Let your mind be blown by the unseen world that exists around and underneath us everyday.
6. Eye Film Museum
An oldie but a goodie. Not only is there a fantastic cinema in this museum that plays first-run and indie features, but the permanent and temporary exhibitions here dive deep into cinematic history for cinephiles and newbies alike. One of the all-time best alternative museums in Amsterdam, hands-down.
7. Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder
This is maybe the most alternative museum in Amsterdam. The museum comprises a 17th-century Catholic church built into a canal house on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal. Built for religious dissenters at a time when Catholicism was a no-go in the the northern low-countries, the place is steeped in secret history.
This photography museum has, in our opinion, the most exciting rotating schedule of temporary exhibitions in the city. Catch work by photographers big and small, living and dead, and from all around the world. Foam is truly a window to the world.
We’re not blowing smoke when we say that Youseum is a true alternative to the regular crop of museums in Amsterdam. At Youseum, you get to be the artist, the artwork, and the critic. Discover what it means to see and be seen in the contemporary digital age ✌🏻🔵