Huis Marseille

Western Canal Ring

Large-scale temporary exhibitions from its own collection are staged at this well-curated photography museum, which also hosts travelling shows. Themes might include portraiture, nature or regional photography. Exhibitions are spread out over several floors and in a summer house behind the main house.

French merchant Isaac Focquier built Huis Marseille in 1665, installing a map of the French port Marseille on the facade, and the original structure has remained largely intact.

Look out for the 18th-century fountain in the library, and a painting of Apollo, Minerva and the muses in the garden room.

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2. Krijtberg

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4. University Library


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5. Houseboat Museum


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6. Johnny Jordaanplein

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7. Spui

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8. Houten Huis

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