4.5 Museums in One Day – Culture Crawl Recap

Two blocks. 4.5 Museums. A whole lot of culture. Challenging myself to get the most of my Museum Card so I’ve started planning culture crawls. First one was yesterday. Check it out.

Stop 1: Museum van Loon
Worth the visit just to see the garden. 

Stop 2: Geelvinck Museum
I was not impressed. The exhibit on slavery was interesting but there are better canal house museums including the other two visited on this crawl.

Stop 3: Foam Cafe
This was more of a pit stop as we all needed a caffeine boost. Had we known how beautiful the cafe was going to be at the Tassen Musuem we would have skipped this. I am a big fan of Foam though and it definitely is a must visit for photography fans. Tip: You can eat at the cafe without paying for museum admission. Good for a quick bite and free wifi. Passcode is appeltaart. 

Stop 4: Tassenmuseum (Museum of Bags)
I’m not a purse fanatic but I did enjoy this museum. The big surprise was how beautiful the cafe was. Made a mental note to take my mom to high tea when she comes to Amsterdam again. 

Stop 5: Museum Willet-Holthuysen
Since we added the bag museum to the itinerary at the last minute, we almost didn’t check this museum out. So glad we did because I enjoyed it the most. If you’re going to check out a canal house, I highly recommend this one. 

Amsterdammers and visitors to Amsterdam, it’s time for a little culture.  Sunday 1 September will be the first museum crawl as part of the Museum Kaart challenge. Join us. 
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Stop 1: Museum Van Loon
Stop 2: Museum Geelvinck
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Stop 3: Museum Willet-Holthuysen


Attention MuseumKaart holders and Museum Lovers, are you ready for a challenge? Let’s see who can visit and review the most MuseumKaart museums by the end of the year. There are almost 400 museums across the Netherlands that you get free access to with the MuseumKaart. How many can you visit by year end?

Rules of the challenge:
It’s simple. Starting 1 September, visit as many museums as you can. Check in with the Yelp app. Add a picture or review or if you’re a true Yelper add both. You can cross that museum off your list. Visits prior to 1 September don’t count! You don’t need to be a MuseumKaart holder to play along but if you’re interested in buying one, here’s the link: LIST OF MUSEUM CARD MUSEUMS



Parrish Museum

New Herzog & de Meuron building

I can’t believe I’m just now discovering the Parrish Art Museum in Watermill, on Long Island’s East End. For those not from the New York area, the museum is located near the tip of Long Island – where many modern and contemporary artists lived and work, including some of my faves: Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Esteban Vicente, Roy Lichtenstein, April Gornik, and Cindy Sherman. Or for the more pop culture inclined, it’s near where Serena from Gossip Girl often spends her summers.

The Museum’s holdings now consist of more than 2,600 works ranging from early nineteenth-century landscape paintings through American Impressionism and into the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. And for the first time in the museum’s history, the Parrish Art Museum’s permanent collection will be on view in the inaugural installation in our new Herzog & de Meuron-designed building (see above). The new building is worth a visit alone. Adding to the must do list asap!

April Gornik from the Parrish Museum Collection