When you visit Amsterdam, keep in mind that this museum is one of the must to visit places among other tourism objects. Located at Museumplein in the middle of the famous city of Netherland this museum was found in 1874 and then housed in the Rijksmuseum. This museum collects numerous artwork such as painting, moving image and sound, photography, graphic design, sculpture and many others. In fact, if you want to enter this museum then you will first see the Frank Stella sculpture outside.
Basically, you will see two buildings here, the old and the new one. The old one was named after the architect, Adrian Wileem Weissman who built this place back in between 1891-1895. This Weissman building was made of the red brick structure in what could be called the Dutch baronian style or simply it is a neo Rainassance architectural style. Inside this building are mostly pale white painted and covered with laminated flooring. For you who adore classic buildings then this will be an amusing place to see.
The new building which is well known as ‘The Bathtub’ was opened in 2012 after eight years of renovation. This additional building with modern style was built by Mels Crouwel. Bathtub as the new wing of Stedelijk Museum hosts some of artwork such as the experimental, film and video art. This building has a very fascinating design. It attracts everyone’s attention as the shape is very unusual. There are three main parts inside The Bathtub. The ground floor which surrounded by glass windows becomes the main lobby connected directly to the old Weissman building and onto the Museumplein outside. The upper level that could be reach by an exquisite-designed stairway is an exhibition gallery. Last, the basement level with this strikingl ceiling above the elevetor hosts the permanent collection.
This is what happened when the classic unifies with the modern design, nearly 300.000 visitors are recorded in the past 2012. They can enjoy the view of Museumplein from inside the new building while enjoying the old wall of the lobby one at a time. Nevertheless, this kind of mixture somehow could arouse the feeling of ‘mislaid’ for some people who came here. What do you think? You have to tell your own feeling by entering this museum.