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Museum Het Schip

information about netherlands  Amsterdam - Netherlands, Noord-Holland

Housing project Het schip was built in 1921 to replace the slums in this part of Amsterdam. The complex is a typical example of Amsterdam School architecture which is characterised by steamlined windows, intricate brickwork and undulating rooflines.

Het Schip (the ship) with its curving facade, needle-shaped spire and lateral windows resembles an ocean-going liner. Its architect was Michel de Klerk who like many Amsterdam School architects believed that unusual architecture would enhance the residents' lives. Indeed, moving from the slums to these housing estates must have improved the life of many labourers.

One of the houses in the complex is open to the public and furnished in 1920s style. It is a very small house considering that most families had five or more children. Still it was a vast improvement from their previous home.

The museum is open from Wednesdays–Sundays 1-5 pm

Address: Spaarndammerplantsoen 140
Phone: + 020.418.2885
Price: budget

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