Entry to Amsterdam’s Modern Contemporary (Moco) Museum
The MoCo Museum, also known as the Modern Contemporary Museum Amsterdam, is a unique attraction that showcases exciting art from around the world. Works by famed street artist Banksy are the main draw for visitors but the museum houses many other celebrated works of art. The MoCo Museum sets itself apart with its focus on displaying modernist and postmodernist works by artists like Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Located between Amsterdam’s two most famous museums - the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum - the MoCo Museum opened in 2016 and has collaborated with some of the biggest artists. These include Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, JR, KAWS, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, and more. The museum’s marvelous, unique art and premium location make it a must-visit when you visit the “Venice of the North”
Making an impression in a city that is brimming with historical and cultural landmarks can be quite tough. The MoCo Museum has always held its own in the popular Museumplein area of Amsterdam. The small museum is housed in a historical villa named Villa Alsberg - a townhouse designed in 1904. Organizers have made an effort to maintain the mansion in all its glory over the years.
This collection of Banksy’s works is named after his famous piece of a chimp with a board that says “Laugh now but one day we’ll be in charge”. The centrepiece is called ” Beanfield” but has not been on display since 2009.
Barcode, Girl with Balloon, Kids on Guns, Kate Moss, Rude Copper, and Love is in the Air (Flower Thrower) and Crude Oil series are some of the works on display. While Banksy has not given his permission to the museum, all of his work on display has been certified by Pest Control - a handling service on behalf of Banksy.
This collection houses works from artists that have had a global impact, including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, and Damien Hirst. All of these artists have timelessly influenced art and culture with their iconic creations. Not only have they influenced art in general but have also influenced each other.
This collection holds 15 pieces in total - two from Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, three from Yayoi Kusama, and one each from Salvador Dalí, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst, JR, Jeff Koons, Beijing WaWa, OsGemeos and KAWS.
French street artist JR is known for his award-winning piece named “Guns in America” - a sprawling image that features 245 participants representing all sides of the gun control debate in America in 2018. Each of the participants’ opinions is chronicled and JR, in collaboration with TIME magazine, stitched together each portrait to create a stunning masterpiece.
Two of his other famous works Louvre (The Secret of the Great Pyramid) and Giants will also be on display for a limited time at the MoCo Museum.
Dutch contemporary artist Studio Irma, a Gerrit Rietveld Alumni, has collaborated with the MoCo Museum to build Reflecting Forward - a collection of 4 installation art rooms named We All Live in Bubbles, Kaleidoscope, and Diamond Matrix. These rooms were all built to showcase the endless connections and reveal what the future might look like.
This new art movement, named Connectivism, which emphasises on arriving at a shared understanding through compassion and empathy. It is meant to be an experience where “where space, people, and modern technology blend in harmony”.
The MoCo Garden allows visitors to “wander without getting lost”. Filled with seemingly random artefacts or sculptures like a giant gummy bear, the garden hosts temporary collections by famous artists. Banksy’s ‘Heart Boy’, WhIsBe’s ‘Gummy Bear’, KAWS’s ‘Companion (Passing Through)’ and Fidia’s ‘Freaky Mouse’ are some of the works by international artists in the MoCo Garden collection.
Some of the pieces in this collection are interactive, such as Wanders’ ‘Portrait’, which allows visitors to stick a wish pin and create their own words or patterns.
Amsterdam’s largest museum dedicated to art and history, the Rijksmuseum hosts over 8,000 pieces from the Middle Ages to the present day. It attracted approximately 2.3 million visitors in 2018.
Showcasing works from Vincent van Gogh - one of the most famous artists in the Netherlands and the world. Over 2,165,000 people visited the museum in 2018.
Over a million people explore the Anne Frank House every year to learn the story of the Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank.
Learn about the Heineken - their long history in the industry, learn how their beer is made and end your tour with a tasting at a former brewery.
Q. When is the best time to visit the MoCo Museum?
A. Fridays and weekends at the museum can get pretty crowded since Banksy enthusiasts, tourists and locals are all likely to visit.
Q. What are the facilities available at the museum?
A. The MoCo Museum is located in the historical Villa Alsberg and there are stairs for visitors to climb. Unfortunately, since the villa is old there are no wheelchair facilities or lifts available.
Q. Are there guided tours available?
A. Visitors can get an audio guide in English or Dutch at the museum.
Q. What city passes or cards give access to the museum?
A. Stadspas and an IAmsterdam card are valid to use at the museum. Since this is a privately-owned museum, passes such as the Museumkaart and ICOM card are not valid.
Q. Are pets allowed inside the museum?
A. No. Only service dogs with proper harnesses are allowed inside.
Q. Can I take pictures of the art on display?
Yes. Photography is allowed inside the MoCo Museum but flash photography to be prohibited.
Q. Is booking an online ticket worth it?
A. Yes. Booking an online ticket allows visitors to avoid long ticketing lines, sometimes in the rain. Online booking could also provide discounts.
Q. Can I store my suitcase/bag during my visit?
A. Unfortunately, the cloakroom is tiny at the MoCo Museum so large bags and suitcases cannot be held during the visit.
Q. How long does it take to explore the museum?
A. It should take around an hour to walk through the museum and around 2 hours if you really want to stop and indulge in every single exhibit.
Q. What if I arrive earlier or later than the time stated on my ticket?
A. The museum guarantees entry within a half-hour margin around the starting time mentioned on the ticket. There is no guaranteed entry outside this time frame.