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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. Four times a year, the museum is closed for a week for the construction of a new exhibition.
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.
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. Due to coronavirus-related measures, the library is temporarily closed.
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 that do not 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.
What is the right way to bring my work to the attention of the curator?
Huis Marseille is always interested in new work, special publications, and interesting proposals. However, given the large number of offers and the limited size of our staff, we ask you to observe our procedure for the submission of photographic material and publications.
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 in Huis Marseille?
No, we do not have any positions for interns.
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).