opening hours and prices

opening times

Please 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

Adults€ 12
Family Ticket Museum
(two adults + children)
€ 16
€ 8

free admission for:
Young people under 18, Friends of the Museum, Museumcard, ICOM, Rembrandt Society

address & route:

Canadaplein 1
1811 KE Alkmaar (see map)
Tel +31 (0)72-5489789

parking and public transport

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,

Our museum is open to visitors again! Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar has been open since 1 June. Some things have changed, however. The most important differences are:

• you must book your visit beforehand on line (only in Dutch) or by telephone
• you select a date and time for your arrival at the museum
• you can only pay in the museum using a debit or credit card (contactless or PIN)
• a one-way system is in force in the museum
• no more than fifty visitors may be in the museum at any one time
• there are also limits to visitor numbers per room
• the museum’s shop and café (with a limited menu) are open
• 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, you must 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 soon!

Welcome to Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar

Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar is a great place to share your enjoyment of art, culture and history. As well as the permanent displays, the museum stages temporary exhibitions several times a year with a diverse programme of events and activities. Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar is an ideal venue for families with children and a great place to spend an afternoon. Looking together is much more fun.

Patrick van Mil, director Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar | Photo Ed van de Pol

Always on show

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.

Portrait of Alkmaar
In this captivating portrait of the city through the ages you will discover famous residents of Alkmaar past and present.

The Bergen School
Visit the permanent Bergen School exhibition with artists like Charley Toorop, Leo Gestel, Arnout Colnot, and Piet and Matthieu Wiegman.

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

Temporary exhibitions

Collection Paul Rijkens - Wiegman, De Smet, Sluijters
From 22 February to 1 November, Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar will be showing works from the Paul Rijkens Collection. Rijkens was one of the most influential Dutchmen of the twentieth century. A visionary captain of industry, for decades he moved in the circles of the world’s power brokers, and he was also an art lover and a collector of contemporary art. The exhibition features a surprising and colourful selection of works from his collection by Jan Sluijters, Matthieu Wiegman, Gustave De Smet, Constant Permeke and other important Belgian and Dutch artists of the first half of the twentieth century. Our thanks go to the lenders and to the Rijkens family.
Untill 1th of November 2020

Detail painting Jan Sluijters (1881-1957), Nude with String of Pearls and Comb, c. 1937, oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm, Singer Laren, gift of Groeneveld-Woerlee 1993

Walter Vaes (1882-1958), Still Life with Lobster and Apples, oil on canvas, 63 x 123 cm, Museum Helmantel Collection, Westeremden

Exhibition of Work by the Nominees for the Victory Fund Culture Prize for Visual Arts


The Alkmaar Culture Prize Foundation turns the spotlight on the art and culture sector in North Kennemerland with the presentation of the biennial culture prizes. There are prizes in the Visual Arts, Literature and Performing Arts categories. A panel of six professional judges draws up the shortlist and awards the prizes. Artists who stand out in their profession and have a relationship with region are eligible. This year the judges awarded the Young Talent Prize to the young soprano and classical singer Sterre van Boxtel. Alongside the prizes awarded by the panel of judges there is the Alkmaarsche Courant Public Prize. From 24 October you can cast your votes on the newspaper’s website and the winner will be announced on 22 November. The museum will exhibit the work of the three nominees for the Visual Arts Culture Prize.
29 August - 22 November 2020 | small hall

Visit Alkmaar

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!
Tourist Information

Alkmaar, Luttik Oudorp | Photo Ritske Velstra

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parking & public transport?

By car
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.