If you like modern and contemporary art, you’re going to love MoCo Museum Amsterdam! This small art museum is situated in an ancient townhouse, Villa Alsberg, which was built in 1904. Even the building itself is a sight not to miss. MoCo Amsterdam is located at the vibrant Museumplein, a lively area which also hosts several other of Amsterdam’s best museums, such as the popular Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.
In this article, we’re going to explain to you what to expect at MoCo Amsterdam and share with you our travel tips for you to make the most of your stay.
What is Moco Museum Amsterdam?
MoCo Museum is a small art gallery hosting modern and contemporary art. The objective of the museum’s founders was to make modern and contemporary art easily accessible to everyone.
What’s special about the museum is that they also wanted their venue to be a jumpstart for new artists. As such, exhibitions will usually be a ‘pairing’. You’ll see artwork of famous artists such as Banksy, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring and others alongside artists who aren’t as well-known but are just as talented.
The museum also has a garden, the MoCo garden which makes a great addition to your visit, especially during summer time.
Exhibitions & Artists at MoCo Amsterdam
The museum hosts permanent and temporary exhibitions featuring world-famous artists as well as lesser known artists of modern and contemporary art. Below are some of the most interesting exhibitions and artists on display.
Exhibition “Modern Masters”
The exhibition “Modern Masters” is a permanent exhibition at MoCo Amsterdam which features artwork of some of the world’s best known and most influential artists of modern art.
- Andy Warhol: A leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.
- Jean-Michel Basquiat: An influential American artist associated with the Neo-expressionist movement.
- Yayoi Kusama: A Japanese contemporary artist known for her avant-garde work in various media.
- Keith Haring: Renowned for his graffiti-influenced art and social activism.
Exhibition “Contemporary Masters”
Contemporary Masters is another permanent exhibition at MoCo Amsterdam. It features artwork of artists of whom the museum believes that they represent the future of art. These artworks should make us reflect and question the world around us in terms of politics and society.
This exhibition features over 16 artists, many of which are women.
- Marina Abramović: A contemporary performance artist known for provocative and boundary-pushing works that explore endurance, pain and consciousness.
- Virgil Abloh: A multidisciplinary artist that reshaped the world of fashion, art and music. Also known for his work as an art director at Louis Vuitton. Said to be one of the most influential artists of this generation, this talented artist passed away in 2021.
- Tracey Emin: A British artist recognized for her contemporary art. Her artwork is often autobiographical and expresses personal experiences, confessions and universal truths.
One of the permanent exhibitions at MoCo Amsterdam is dedicated to the British artist Banksy who is renowned for his street art. The Banksy exhibition was the one we enjoyed the most when visiting MoCo! His artwork is displayed at many museums around the world. Some of his popular works to see at MoCo Amsterdam are Laugh Now, Girl with Balloon, Flower Thrower, and Smiling Copper.
Plan Your Journey
Get the most out of your visit to the MoCo Museum in Amsterdam with the following information and tips.
MoCo Museum Amsterdam is open daily. Mondays to Thursdays, it’s open from 9 am to 7 pm. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the museum is open from 9 am to 9 pm.
Admission and Tickets
As of 2023, tickets are priced at €22.95 for adults and €19.95 for students and visitors aged 10-17 years. Children aged 6 years or younger get free admission.
The above mentioned prices are valid if you purchase your ticket at the door. It’s slightly cheaper when booking online prior to your trip.
What’s important to note is that visitors have to book a timeslot for their visit. That’s because the museum is quite small. They want to make the visit enjoyable for everybody (crowds at an art museum are not fun).
There are usually plenty of timeslots available to choose from, even on the same day. If you arrive earlier or later than your booked timeslot (or purchase your ticket at the door), you can often enter right away, but sometimes have to wait a little. It really depends on the time of the year and the day (during summer vacations and on weekends it’s usually busier than on weekdays beyond school vacations). Timeslots can be booked and rescheduled on the museum’s website.
Our tip: free Admission with I amsterdam City Card! The I amsterdam City Card is the official discount card for tourists in Amsterdam. If you have purchased the I amsterdam City Card, your entry to MoCo Museum Amsterdam is free! However, you should still book a timeslot at the museum to avoid queuing.
Don’t have an I amsterdam City Card? You can still benefit from a small discount on your entry ticket by purchasing your MoCo Ticket online here.
Since the museum is a privately owned art gallery, the Dutch Museumkaart is not valid at MoCo.
How to Get There
Located at the heart of Amsterdam’s Museumplein (Museum Square), MoCo Amsterdam is easily accessible.
- On foot: We recommend that you visit the Museum Square area by foot. That’s because there are several world-famous museums here, so you’ll likely spend a couple of hours in the area. The square itself is beautiful to wander around! You can easily walk from museums such as the Rijksmuseum to MoCo (2-minute walk).
- By public transportation: The best way to get to the Museum Square area (where MoCo is located) is by metro (line 52). The closest metro station is Vijzelgracht. From there, it’s only a short walk to the museum.
- By car: There’s plenty of parking available in the nearby streets. However, on-street parking in Amsterdam is expensive. The nearest car park is Q-Park Museumplein.
How Much Time At MoCo Museum?
MoCo Amsterdam is quite small in size. Plan about 1 – 1.5 hours for your visit to explore the art galleries and the garden.
As mentioned above, MoCo is located at Museumsplein (museum square). As its name suggests, the area is full of world-renowned museums! If you have time to spare, you can perfectly combine your visit to MoCo with Rijksmuseum, Diamant Museum and Van Gogh Museum, located only a stone’s throw away from each other.
More museums in Amsterdam? Check out our article on the 12 Best Museums in Amsterdam to learn more about other museums you can visit.