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2 Dec - 26 May 2024
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    Guided tour

    Queer Gaze Tours

    Amsterdam Museum on the Amstel

    Discover the city through stories from the Amsterdam LGBTQIA+ community.

    Queer gaze tour, 2022, Rachel, Ecclestone

    Guided your

    Visitors are introduced to the rich past and present of the LGBTQIA+ community in Amsterdam through a variety of stories, artworks, and objects. Museum docents who are part of various Amsterdam LGBTQIA+ groups tell their stories with artworks and objects from the Amsterdam Museum’s collection. 

    Artworks and objects that explicitly lend visibility to the LGBTQIA+ community are highlighted. For instance, the symbolic coffin carried during the Black Pride demonstration in 2020. Following an emotional ceremony, the coffin was inscribed with the names of victims of racist and queerphobic violence. The ceremony was a celebration of life and death.

    Amsterdam Museum, fotograaf: Amsterdam Museum

    Stories that aren't readily apparent

    In addition, the tour features artworks and objects in which the relationship with the LGBTQIA+ community is not readily apparent, such as the paintings depicting city hall. What not every history book mentions, is that the administrative heart of the city also served as a meeting place for men in the 18th century. Through such stories, the tour addresses multiple layers of the history and icons of Amsterdam’s LGBTQIA+ community. Stories of inequality, injustice, and oppression, but also stories of pride, collectivity, and activism.

    Amstel 51, fotograaf: Eva Bloem

    Amstel 51, fotograaf: Eva Bloem

    Practical information

    A guided tour lasts approximately one hour and costs € 76,30 per museum docent (excluding admission to the museum). A museum docent will lead a maximum of 15 visitors, but additional docents are available on request. 

    • Visitors: maximum 15
    • Costs: € 70 excl. VAT and entrance ticket
    • Location: Amsterdam Museum on the Amstel
    • Questions? For more information, please email
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