One of two Amsterdam photography museums (see also FOAM), the Marseille is privately owned and housed in two spectacularly neck-gabled aristocratic town houses along Keizersgracht (the Emperor’s Canal). Fourteen exhibition rooms alternate photos from the museum’s permanent collection with worthy exhibitions of contemporary images that change every 3 months. As with so many Amsterdam galleries and museums in the Canal Ring, the building is part of the attraction; the house at Keizersgracht 401(the museum merged with neighboring Keizersgracht 399 in 2013) dates from the 17th century and takes its name from the plaque on the front of the house that depicts a map of Marseille harbor in France. The interior maintains many original features, including fireplaces, wooden floors, and plaster moldings as well as a ceiling fresco by Jacob de Wit. Out the back there’s a summer cafe in the delightful leafy courtyard garden.

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