Collecting the City

Amsterdam Stories

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About the exhibition

Until 2025, this is where the Amsterdam Museum and members of our vibrant city will present and “collect” the city. During that time, many neighborhood museums, community networks, local artists, and enthusiastic residents will share objects and stories about Amsterdam.

The presentation is dynamic, and not necessarily centered on the museum’s own collection. Every six months, new contributors are invited to showcase their ideas—whether that is a perspective on the past, a beautiful or painful moment in the present, or a vision of the city for the future. One permanent partner that will be occupying three rooms is the foundation of Museum om de Hoek, which includes 23 neighborhood museums scattered throughout Amsterdam.

Do you have an idea for a small exhibition in which you and your network would like to share stories about the city of Amsterdam? Send us a message at:

Collecting the City #1

We are kicking off with four presentations in 2022. The following will be on display from March until September:

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Jacob Geel Chronicles

Back to a connected neighborhood. This presentation explores a neighborhood in Amsterdam Nieuw-West that was redeveloped in 2021. Created by Fouad Lakbir, Jesper Buursink, Moving Arts Project, and the residents of the Jacob Geelbuurt.

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Spiced Up! From Asia to Amsterdam

A presentation serving up the Asian influences on Dutch cuisine, with Julie Ng from the Meer Dan Babi Pangang Foundation.

Museum om de hoek

Museum om de Hoek #1

Closer examinations of the colonial past and poverty in the city, as seen through the collections of Museum Perron Oost, the Cacaomuseum, the Multatuli Museum, and Buurtmuseum Indische Buurt.

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Amsterdam Museum on the Amstel

Amstel 51, Amsterdam

Opening Hours

Open daily from 10.00 until 17.00.

How to get there

The museum is easily accessible by public transport: Tram 4 (stop Rembrandtplein) and 14 (stop Waterlooplein) Metro 51, 53 and 54 (stop Waterlooplein, exit Nieuwe Herengracht).

Nearest parking garages are: Nationale Opera & Ballet, Waterlooplein, The Bank and Markenhoven. For more information, please visit

Workshop Missing Stories

During this workshop, we will discuss which main stories are being told through the collection and we will look at the blind spots. Programme line Collecting the City, stories of the city focuses on the uncollected stories.

During this workshop we will search for blind spots, forgotten and missing stories and maybe even consciously untold stories. The ideas and comments gathered during these workshops will be included in the discussions of the new exhibitions, which may be part of the reopening of the new Amsterdam Museum in a few years' time on the Kalverstraat in the Burgerweeshuis. Reservations are required. Book a guided tour by emailing or calling 020-5231822. A maximum of 12 visitors can take part in each tour.