29 June 2022

9 galleries and museums with a summer garden

Nice weather? Visit the gardens and terraces of Amsterdam
Did you know that many of our participants have a location with a beautiful garden? In the middle of a busy city, hidden behind imposing facades, you often find a green oasis. Here you can find peace and embrace the silence or cool off in the shade. We have listed 9 tips for exhibition venues with a garden or a summer terrace that you should not miss. And the best part is: you can combine it with a visit to an exhibition.

1. Visit Galerie Bart‘s sculpture garden. At this location, you can see Sentient Shapes with sculptures by Britte Koolen (1994, NL) until 3 July, alongside other exhibitions. Also after this, you can visit the garden.

2. Don’t miss The Merchant House. See the solo exhibition by Pino Pinelli (1938, Catania), on view until 31 July, and enjoy the oasis of calm you find when walking through the gallery. In the garden you can see the installation Sculpting the Weight by Kokou Ferdinand Makouvia, former resident of De Ateliers.

Sculpture installation in garden: Sculpting the Weight

3. The garden at Huis Willet-Holthuysen (Amsterdam Museum) is also worth visiting. The design contains graceful symmetrical patterns with red and white coloured stones and trimmed hedges and trees. Combine this with a visit to the exhibition by Maaike Schoorel (1973, NL), on view until 30 October.

The garden of Huis Willet Holthuysen

4. Hama Gallery even has an artist-in-residence in the garden. The first artist to work here was Kenneth Aidoo. He worked on his first solo exhibition here, which can be seen in the gallery later this year.

5. m.simons is located in the former Maison Descartes, where the French cultural embassy was located. There is a large wild inner garden that few people know about.

6. Oude Kerk has a small city garden and terrace. First seek coolness in the church and visit the exhibition Path, a site-specific installation by Brazilian artist Antonio Obá. Obá created a series of monumental works especially for Amsterdam’s oldest building. The atmospheric coffee shop with monastery garden is a good spot to round off your visit.

7. In Bos en Lommer, you can sit on the terrace of No Man’s Art Gallery. The gallery is a short distance away and easy to combine. Check their website for the current offer of exhibitions.

8. Flemish Arts Centre de Brakke Grond has a cosy inner garden.

9. Last but not least. On the terrace of Eye Filmmuseum you can enjoy the sunshine and have an unparalleled, cinematic view of the IJ and the ships passing by. Don’t forget to check out the exhibition with a selection of work by the last three winners of the Eye Art & Film Prize: Meriem Bennani, Kahlil Joseph & Karrabing Film Collective. On view until 18 September.