You can book your visit beforehand (see below)
Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and King’s Day
Open on Boxing Day, New Years Eve and during Easter, Ascension and Whit Sunday
|Family Ticket Museum |
(two adults + children)
free admission for:
Young people under 18, Friends of the Museum, Museumcard, ICOM, Rembrandt Society
The museum is within walking distance of Alkmaar Central Station (approx. 10 minutes)
The museum has easy access for the disabled. There are two wheelchairs; please telephone and we will reserve one for you! See FAQ at the bottom of the page.
Dear Art Lover,
Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar is open to visitors again. Things may be a little different from what you are used to, but the adapted rules allow you to enjoy the art in safety. We hope you have a great visit.
• you can book your visit beforehand on line (only in Dutch) or by telephone
• you can also register at the desk
• you don't have to wear a face mask at our museum, but you are free to do so
• you can only pay in the museum using a debit or credit card (contactless or PIN)
• there are limits to visitor numbers per room
• you can wash or disinfect your hands in the museum
• you must maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres
• if you have cold or flu symptoms, please stay at home, and you can visit our museum on line
We are scrupulously following the guidelines of the Dutch government and the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). We will publish any changes on our website, so please check it regularly.
We look forward to seeing you again!
Welcome to Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar, one of the Netherlands’ oldest museums.
The museum presents a collection of fine and applied art that transports you to the
past, at a time of great prosperity, with seventeenth-century masterpieces by such
artists as Pieter Saenredam, Salomon van Ruysdael and Caesar van Everdingen,
key works from the Bergen School (Leo Gestel, Dirk Filarski, Charley Toorop) and
fascinating temporary exhibitions. In the basement you can experience the seven
weeks of the Siege of Alkmaar (1573) day by day, based on the surviving eye-witness
report by the city councillor Nanning van Foreest.
The Museum Café
Everything we serve in our museum café is sustainable or organic. We make our soups ourselves, and our bread and pastries are baked by small, eco-friendly suppliers in Alkmaar. The terrace is open in the summer and has a view of Great St Lawrence’s Church and the square. Like the museum shop, you can visit the café without a ticket to the museum.
Te museum shop
Our museum shop carries a wide range of art and history books and all our exhibition catalogues, as well as souvenirs, luxury specialities and designer gifts.
Alkmaar’s Golden Age
Be overwhelmed by the finest works by Old Masters like Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen, Maarten van Heemskerck, Pieter Jansz Saenredam and Caesar van Everdingen. The paintings are set off by an exceptional collection of furniture, fine silver and seventeenth-century glassware.
The Bergen School
Visit the permanent Bergen School exhibition with artists like Charley Toorop, Leo Gestel, Arnout Colnot, Piet and Matthieu Wiegman, Gerrit Willem van Blaaderen and Dirk Filarski.
The interactive historical exhibition about the Siege of Alkmaar will fascinate the whole family. Live the siege from day to day.
Pieter Saenredam, Interior of Great St Lawrence’s Church in Alkmaar, looking from the Nave to the West, undated (1661-65?), oil on canvas, Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar | Alkmaar's Golden Age
From 18 september - 16 januari 2022
In 1644 a young Alkmaar artist, Allart van Everdingen, spent a few months travelling around Norway. Back in Holland, he worked up his impressions of the Scandinavian landscape in paintings, drawings and prints. These scenes of log cabins and waterfalls in rugged regions had never been seen before in the Dutch art market and became Allart’s trademark. But he had more to offer: dramatic seascapes and river views, typical Dutch landscapes and prints illustrating the tale of Reynard the Fox.
In his four hundredth anniversary year, Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar presents the first retrospective of this multifaceted artist. Join him on his travels and admire his landscapes.
Mountain Landscape with a River and a Castle, oil on canvas, on loan from the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
Tales of Reynard the sly fox have been told since medieval times. He tricks other animals, but always escapes punishment. Around 1670, Allart van Everdingen made a series of fifty-seven prints chronicling Reynard’s adventures, with lifelike animals in magnificent landscapes. He sketched many preparatory designs for these etchings. Working material like this was usually discarded once it had served its purpose, but in this case it has survived. Here, for the first time, a selection of Allart’s Reynard prints is displayed alongside his drawings. It shows us how the artist worked.
The Fight between Reynard the Fox and Isengrim the Wolf, etching, third state, on loan from the Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Paris (Auguste and Eugène Dutuit Bequest, 1902)
In the autumn of 2019, the photographer Pascal Vossen (1983) travelled through the southern coastal region of Sweden and Norway. Commissioned by Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar, he went to places that the Alkmaar artist Allart van Everdingen (1621-1675) visited in 1644—the waterfalls at Mölndal and Trollhättan, Bohus Fortress and the coastal towns of Risør and Langesund, all of which were in Norwegian territory at that time. Pascal took photographs of subjects and locations that Allart captured in works of art, but at the same time recorded the way contemporary visitors and inhabitants relate to the spectacular Scandinavian landscape. What impact do they have on their surroundings?
Langesund, September 2019, digital photograph, printed on photographic paper, mounted on Dibond
Alkmaar is an attractive city of culture with a rich history. It has several museums and splendid monuments including the Grote or Sint Laurenskerk. The many original boutiques in the ‘old town’ make Alkmaar a true shoppers’ paradise. After a day visiting museums and shopping, you can enjoy the friendly cafés and restaurants. And of course you don’t want to miss the famous cheese market between April and September!
Alkmaar, Luttik Oudorp | Photo Ritske Velstra
Travelling by private transport? Follow the parking route (P) through the city. There are several parking areas in and around the city.
Directly next to our museum there is a parking garage De Vest, address: Paternosterstraat 18, 1811 KG in Alkmaar. Or APCOA Parking, address: Bagijnenstraat 13, 1811 KA in Alkmaar (website). Plan your trip with Google Maps.
By Public transport / walking distance
The museum is within walking distance of Alkmaar Central Station (approx. 10 minutes). You can also take the bus from the station.