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Street art in Amsterdam and the STRAAT Museum


I’m a big fan of street art and I’m always on the lookout for them when I travel. I’m lucky to live in Amsterdam, one of my favorites street art cities. There’s a vibrant Amsterdam street art scene, from countless random pieces to huge, commissioned pieces on the sides of buildings. In addition to works that can be found on the street, the STREET international museum for graffiti and street art houses a spectacular collection under one roof, in my book, a must-visit for street art enthusiasts!

Do not miss a visit to the STRAAT Museum in Amsterdam Noord (NDSM).

There’s loads of street art scattered across Amsterdam. Much of the new work can be found in the districts outside the city center, such as Noord (North), Oost (East) and Zuidoost (Southeast). Furthermore, there are two excellent museums to appreciate street art: STREET and Moco (with works by famous artists such as Banksy).

I love street art which invites passersby to interact with it. I found this piece near the Spaklerweg metro station.
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The three crosses represent the city of Amsterdam. This is one of a series from the ‘If Walls Could Speak’ project on the sides of the buildings in Amsterdam East, just behind the College Hotel.
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Street art at NDSM in Amsterdam North. The piece on the right of the wall is a portrait of Eberhard van der Laan, the much loved ex-mayor of Amsterdam.
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One of my favorites! I found this one in Amsterdam North.
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Amsterdam Zuidoost is another district that’s packed with street art. This piece graces the side of an office building on Karspeldreef.

STREET Museum

When I read about the opening of an international street art museum called STREETI knew I had to visit it as soon as possible!

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The entrance of STRAAT with a portrait of Anne Frank.
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Inside the STRAAT street art museum.

Located in the very hip NDSM district of Amsterdam North (an old industrial area of ​​the city that’s been completely rejuvenated), the museum turned out to be a visual feast!

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STRAAT is housed in an old warehouse.

The STRAAT international street art museum resides in an old warehouse with 8,000 square meters of floor space and a ceiling 25 meters high! There are five themed sections: Personal, Aesthetical, Emphatic, Grounded and Conscious. It truly is a spectacular space with many intriguing pieces by artists from around the world. Walking around to see the huge pieces is an incredible visual experience!

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There’s an upper gallery where you can see the entire space and artworks.
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A piece in the Personal section.
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There’s a good variety of themes to enjoy.
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In the middle of the museum is a truck hanging from the ceiling!
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The Conscious section.
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This lizard was particularly striking.
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One of my favorites!
Another of my favorites!
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There’s also a café on the upper level.

If you’re a fan of street art, you have to visit the STRAAT museum. Some may say that street art belongs in the street but I’m thrilled that there’s also a museum where street art in its many forms can be appreciated, and the venue is certainly impressive! Get your tickets here.

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The area around STRAAT Museum is also home to loads more street art as well as cafes, restaurants, shops, artist studios and galleries. I recommend strolling around to admire the cool modern architecture and hip urban atmosphere.

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Cool modern architecture in the NDSM district.
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Colorful street art just outside the STRAAT museum.
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The outer wall of STRAAT.
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There’s street art everywhere you look!
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Drop by an Ijver café for a drink or meal.

How to get to STRAAT Museum

Getting to STRAAT in the NDSM district is a treat on its own. Take the free ferry from behind Amsterdam Central Station to NDSM Werf (the pier that’s furthest left) and enjoy the 15-minute ride across the harbor. The museum is a few minutes’ walk away from the ferry stop.

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Enjoy the views as you ride the ferry back to Amsterdam Centraal Station.

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