Here you’ll find the answers to some frequently asked questions about Huis Marseille, its exhibitions, buildings, and history. Feel free to get in touch if you have additional questions after reading the information below.
When is Huis Marseille open?
The museum is open daily, 10 am–6 pm, and till 9 pm on Thursdays. The museum is closed during the construction of a new exhibition (in the week preceding the opening), 27 April (King’s Day), 25 December (Christmas Day) and 1 January (New Year’s Day). However, the museum is open on all other public holidays, including Easter Monday and Whit Monday.
What’s on view right now?
You can look at our current and upcoming exhibitions here. Please note that our exhibitions are commonly on view for 3 months. Due to the light-sensitive nature of photographic material, it is not desirable to exhibit works from the collection for longer periods of time, so there is no permanent collection presentation in the museum. Please note: four times a year, the museum closes for one week for the construction of the new exhibition(s).
How do I get to the museum?
The best way to reach Huis Marseille is by bike or public transport. Take tram 2, tram 11 or tram 12 from Central Station and get off at the ‘Keizersgracht’ stop. If you come by car, you can park in Q-Park Europarking (Marnixstraat) or in the Kalverstaat car park (Singel). If you use a route planner, the address is: Keizersgracht 401, Amsterdam.
Is the museum accessible to wheelchair users or differently-abled people?
Due to the historical character of the two canal houses in which Huis Marseille is located, the museum is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. A small passenger lift gives access to a limited number of floors, but some staircases will be required to visit all the rooms. If desired, differently-abled people can bring one escort to the museum free of charge. Please contact us for more information.
I’d like to be able to read the texts better. Can I also get them in a larger letter?
Yes, the gallery texts are available on request at the reception. There we will be happy to print them out for you in a font size that is comfortable for you.
Can I bring my dog or other pet into the museum?
No, pets and other animals are not allowed in the museum, unless they are guide dogs and are accompanying a visitor with an identification card.
The shutters are closed and the lights are low. Why is it so dark in the museum?
Photography is a light-sensitive medium. Especially when showing old photographic techniques, there are often strict conditions regarding the amount and duration of light to which a work may be exposed. It is therefore sometimes necessary to dim the light in different ways. By doing this, many other people will be able to enjoy the same objects in future exhibitions.
Does the museum have a café?
No, there is no café. However, there is a coffee machine where you can get a hot drink for a small fee, which you can enjoy downstairs or in the canal garden of the museum. In the nearby Nine Streets area, you will find a rich variety of establishments that serve lunch, dinner, coffee, and drinks.
Does the museum have a shop?
Yes, Huis Marseille has a specialized museum shop where you can find a carefully curated and ever-changing selection of photo books. There are often unique and/or signed copies, special editions and other noteworthy books to be found.
Is it possible to borrow books from the library?
No, it is not possible to take books home with you. Books can be requested from the collection present in the museum, but they can only be consulted in the library itself.
Can I rent the museum (or part of it)?
Huis Marseille does not rent rooms for (commercial) activities such as receptions, functions, weddings or exhibitions that were not initiated by Huis Marseille itself.
Are the rooms of Huis Marseille available for a photo or video shoot?
No, Huis Marseille is not available for photo or video shoots, unless they have the museum and/or the exhibitions as their main subject. If this is the case, written permission must first be granted by the museum staff. Please contact us for more information.
Can I take photographs or film in the museum if it’s for my own use?
Yes, you are welcome to take photographs and film during your visit. Conditions are that the images are for personal use only (no commercial purpose), you do not use flash or tripod, and in general that you do not disturb other visitors. For an exception, you must receive written permission from the museum staff. Please contact us for more information.
Can I bring my work to your attention?
We understand that you may wish to bring work to our attention. However, we can not respond to every submission. If we see a reason to do so, we will get in touch with you.
Can I offer my photo book for the museum shop?
Huis Marseille is always on the lookout for interesting photo books for our museum shop. We are open to submissions, provided that it is a photography-related publication.
For submissions to the museum shop the following rules apply:
- We are not able to respond to every submission. If we decide to include your book in the shop, we will contact you ourselves.
- A submitted publication becomes the property of Huis Marseille and will not be returned.
- Diaries, calendars, and the like will not be considered.
Your submission can be addressed to Tim Mooij-Knip, as a pdf by email or by post to the museum.
How does the exhibition program come about?
The museum’s program is compiled by director and curator Nanda van den Berg in collaboration with Huis Marseille’s assistant curators and/or guest curators.
Are there any vacancies at the moment?
Because the museum works with a small staff (and usually without trainees), vacancies are rare. If there is a job opening, it is usually communicated through our social media channels.
Can I do an internship or apply via the Erasmus Internship Programme in Huis Marseille?
No, we do not have any positions for interns or Erasmus students.
Why is the museum called ‘Huis Marseille’?
The French merchant Isaac Fouquier, the first occupant of the building at Keizersgracht 401, had a stone placed in the facade above the door with the name and a view of the French port city of Marseille. You can find more information about Isaac Fouquier in this article by historian Caroline Hanken about the name ‘Huis Marseille’. In the book Een huis genaamd Marseille, also written by Caroline Hanken and available in the museum shop, you can read all about the wonderful history of the inhabitants of the two buildings in which the museum is housed (only available in Dutch).