Museum The Ship is located in the imaginative social housing complex ofthe same name designed by architect Michel de Klerk. This expressionistic housing block was built in 1919 for social housing corporation Eigen Haard. The triangular shape of the building inspired its nickname “The Ship”. It is one of the best examples of the “Amsterdam School”– a movement in architecture and decorative arts that spread across all of the Netherlands.
The museum is located in the former primary school building that is part of the complex. The permanent exposition “Amsterdam School: Constructed ideals” shows the rise of social housing corporations and the Amsterdam School as a defining style in construction and decoration. There are also thought-provoking changing exhibitions. Every hour there is a guided-tour called “RondjeSchip” (around The Ship) whichexplains the characteristics of the building; it takes you inside the post office(also designed by Michel de Klerk), a reconstructed nineteenth-century slum dwelling and the fully furnished museum apartment.
Tour around and in Museum Het Schip
Guided tours depart every hour on the hour. It begins with our reconstructed 19th-century slum apartment where you will learn about living in squalid conditions and the slums before the Housing Act was passed. Afterwards, you will visit the post office and the museum apartment within the housing complex. Tours are free of charge on presentation of your entrance ticket. Museum Het Schip organizes many different activities around the city of Amsterdam to further highlight the Amsterdam School movement. For the extensive programme, visit our homepage for more information about our exhibitions, guided tours, walks and conferences.