opening hours and prices

opening time (from 5th June 2021)

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

prices 2021
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 from 5th June 2021. 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 wear a face mask at our 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 70 visitors may be in the museum at any one time
• there are also 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, 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.

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

VAST! The Beauty of the North Holland Landscape

Panoramic Views, Towering Cloudscapes, Bitter Wind, Low Roofs, Water Everywhere … and Dykes, Windmills and Pumping Stations to Control It

The boundless North Holland landscape has an endless power to attract. This exhibition explores the way artists of all periods and schools captured the essential elements of this flat land. There is sometimes a world of difference in their interpretations, style and techniques, but the love of North Holland always shines through.

Vast! is a collaborative project between Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar and the Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier water authority—a shared ode to North Holland’s landscape.

28 November 2020 - 22 August 2021

George ten Berge (1825-1875), View from the Dunes near Bergen, 1856, oil on canvas, Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar Collection

Arnout Colnot (1887-1983), Polder Mills in the Schermer, 1931, oil on canvas | On loan from the Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier, Heerhugowaard

Hendrik Dirk Kruseman van Elten, From Alkmaar to New York

In November 1892, the Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar received a crate from America containing seventy etchings by Hendrik Dirk Kruseman van Elten. By then, the artist, born and bred in Alkmaar, had lived and worked for more than thirty years (with a brief interruption) in New York. There he moved easily among the most important American artists, famed for his true-to-life rendition of the American landscape. Nevertheless, he remained loyal to the Netherlands: he showed work there every year and continued to picture the Dutch landscape in his paintings, watercolours and etchings. He made his first etching in the autumn of 1879. He eventually made no fewer than eighty-three until his sight began to fail around 1890, when he was obliged to give up the detailed work involved in etching. He owned two virtually complete sets of his etchings, and gave one of them to the museum in his birthplace. This personal gift is now being exhibited in its entirety for the first time.

26 May - 28 August 2021

Under the Bridge, Old Shokan, New York, c. 1884

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.