Nederlands Fotomuseum


This national institution has a collection of over five million photographic images, and its upstairs gallery highlights curated selections from this incredible resource. The work of major Dutch photographers such as Ed van der Elsken, Aart Klein and Cas Oorthuys often features. The ground-floor galleries host temporary exhibitions of the work of big-name photographers from the Netherlands and around the world.

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