Museum Het Schip is one of the most beautiful examples of the architectural style, Amsterdamse School. Het Schip was built as social housing and was finished in 1921. It is the most renowned work of Amsterdamse School architect Michel de Klerk. You can visit the former post office, which still has its complete original interior designed by De Klerk. Furthermore you can visit the Museumwoning (Museum House) on the other side of the complex. There is also a lunchroom and Museum garden across the street.

Walk around Museum Het Schip or take a guided tour

Although you are only able to visit a small part of the total complex, it is still worth a visit because of the extraordinary building. Walk around it and admire all the details on the exterior that are so characteristic for the Amsterdamse School. If you are interested in architecture, then this museum is a must-see! During opening hours they organise guided tours of about 45 minutes. The tour is either in Dutch or English. They have English written information, in case the tour is in Dutch. It is advisable to make a reservation for these guided tours. It’s been a while since I’ve done the tour, so can’t tell you that much more.

Guided tours through Het Scheepvaarthuis

Museum Het Schip also organises guided tours through Grand Hotel Amrâth, the former Scheepvaarthuis (Shipping House) and another beautiful example of the (mostly) Amsterdamse School architecture. These tours are on Sunday only and can be booked via the website of Museum Het Schip.

Guided tours through Plan South starting at visitors centre De Dageraad

Another tour that Museum Het Schip organises is excursions through the famous Plan South from Berlage. This whole neighbourhood is a fine example of urban planning, with plentiful examples of Amsterdamse School social housing. The guided tours through Plan South start at visitors centre De Dageraad. The building “De Dageraad” (The Dawn) is also designed by architect Michel de Klerk – together with architect Piet Kramer – in Amsterdam School style.

Not consciously conscious

Museum Het Schip does not have a sustainability policy or anything, but they are aware of waste. Therefore they try to use less paper, have energy efficient lights and they never turn the heating above 20ºC.


Museum Het Schip

Address: Spaarndammerplantsoen 140, 1013 XT Amsterdam
Address: Burgemeester Tellegenstraat 128, 1073 KG Amsterdam (Visitors Centre De Dageraad)
WebsiteMuseum Het Schip

Type: Architecture