Amsterdam's Modern Contemporary Museum (Moco Museum) features a wide range of inspiring art, including notable exhibits by mysterious British street artist Banksy, surrealist Salvador Dalí, and pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. The Moco Museum primarily features artists who have their own (often ironic) vision and is a privately owned initiative of gallery owners who have worked with renowned artists such as Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat, and Picasso. The classic Dutch mansion that houses the museum was designed in 1904 by Eduard Cuypers, cousin of architect Pierre Cuypers, who designed the nearby Rijksmuseum.
One of Amsterdam's trendiest museums, Moco is a must-see not just art lovers but also pop culture enthusiasts. Pre-book a skip-the-line ticket to beat the crowds and wander the mansion checking out the quirky collection of rotating contemporary and modern exhibits.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Travelers generally spend one to two hours at the Moco Museum.
- Moco has no elevators and cannot accommodate strollers or luggage.
- Ordering tickets online allows guests to bypass the queue and head straight into the museum without waiting.
How to Get to the Moco Museum
The Moco Museum is housed in a traditionally designed Dutch mansion in Villa Alsberg, right in the middle of central Amsterdam's Museumplein (Museum Square). Set opposite the Rijksmuseum and beside the Van Gogh Museum, the Museumplein is easily accessible on all of Amsterdam's public transportation lines.
When to Get There
Moco is open daily between 10am and 6pm and is at its busiest around midday and on weekends.
The Mysterious Banksy
An anonymous street artist, political activist, and film director, Banksy is known for his satirical graffiti art, recognizable for its edge, dark humor, and stenciling technique. The artist is thought to be English, and he was included in the 2010 Time 100, Time magazine's list of the world’s most influential people.