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Reviewed 18 July 2017

The innovations of the Amsterdam School of Architecture are interesting and unique. I think only architecture nerds will appreciate the tour. The tour was interesting but I think it could be more in-depth and show more examples of this style.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank peter s
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

The newly opened expansion of Het Schip deepened the experience of this school of social architecture. The collection of furniture, light fixtures, and household goods was well laid out and the explanations were thorough. This was my fourth trip to Amsterdam in the past two years, in part because of my fascination with the architecture of the Amsterdam School. I was too early to see the expansion in 2016 and was thrilled to tour it in 2017. Definitely a highlight for me.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Barbara B
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

I am an Art Deco tour guide in Miami Beach, so history and architecture are special interests of mine. This museum describes the "social housing" movement of the early 20th century whose purpose was to provide decent housing with style and a nice neighborhood to working class people. Unions and churches received subsidies from the government to build these apartments. While they were modest by present standards (they did not have a shower, you went to a city run bathhouse), they were clean and well lit and free of vermin. You really see the contrast in the sample slum dwelling which was created by the museum. Unfortunately, over time economics dictated cheaper building and some of the later units were not as interesting as the earliest. Overall, you get to learn just how different the world was only 100 years ago.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Joel A
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Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

If you are interested in art, architecture and/or history, you must visit the incredibly interesting museum inside this housing complex. It presents the history of housing in Amsterdam for the workers from the slums of the early 1900's (with archival film) to the creation of this beautifully designed workers' housing complex which opened in the 1920's. This new style of architecture (brick expressionism called "Amsterdam School") was part of the new "moderne" period, whose cousins are Art Deco and Bauhaus. The museum also contains furniture and other household articles in the "Amsterdam School" design. Be sure to take the tour, which includes a visit to a re-creation of a slum apartment that this housing was intended to replace. The tour also takes you into the beautiful post office which was built to enable the working class to access postal service (otherwise limited to the wealthy). Of course, the outside of this 102 apartment complex is a marvel of beauty. At the moment, much of it is shrouded in netting because it is undergoing restoration, but there is still enough to see the elaborate exterior design. Just down the street, my husband and I found the original bath house. In the 1920's, people didn't have a tub or shower in their apartment; they went to "bath houses". --By the way, do did my Mom, growing up in the 1920's in New York City (Manhattan and later the Bronx).--This housing complex is one of several that were built in Amsterdam. [Be sure to travel about 45 minutes to another complex -- the "Visitor's Centre De Dageraad" at Burgemeester Tellegenstraat 128 where you can see more of the "Amsterdam School Architecture" with its rich forms and patterns in brick, cast iron and sculptural ornaments. They also have a tour (affiliated with Museum Het Schip).]. The Amsterdam School architecture is unique and Amsterdam is the primary place to see it. One of the architects of the time, Van Loghem, went to Russia and so there is some housing of the same technique in the town of Kemerovo (Museum Grasnya Gorka), but except for that, you will only see this style, and quite a bit of it (once you learn what it is) -- only in Amsterdam. It's so unique, you'll be glad you went a bit out of the way to visit Museum Het Schip to see this extraordinary architecture intended to raise the working class out of the slums and into dignified housing.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 31 May 2017

The guided tour was very informative as it was led by a 4th year Art History student. Very interesting to see a recreation of a tiny one-roomed dwelling that the poor were consigned to before the development of social housing such as Het Schip in the early 1900s.

Date of experience: May 2017
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