Aalsmeer Flower Art Museum

The May issue of KLM’s in-flight magazine recommended a museum I have never been to – the Flower Art Museum in Aalsmeer.

This museum opened in 2018 and offers several different exhibitions. Entrance is EUR 5.50 with a 50% discount for museumcard holders. According to Google the museum is around 55 minutes cycle from my home in Amsterdam or 17km. niceBus 358 takes about the same length time from Amsterdam Zuid to stop Aalsmeer Zwarteweg via Amstelveen and the museum is then around 10 minutes walk. You can also take a train to Hoofddorp then bus 340 from Hoofddorp station to the same stop.

The one thing I didn’t check in advance was their opening times. They are only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Other days you can only visit by appointment. I went on a Tuesday but they let me in anyway since they had the door open and lights on. They were surprised to hear about being in the KLM magazine!

The Museum has a roof terrace area with sculptures and picnic tables. This is a very nice lunch spot after cycling. You do get a lake view as mentioned in the magazine but I wasn’t especially impressed by its uniqueness. The lake would however have been a good lunch spot if the museum was completely closed.

Fancy a spot of lunch?

Inside the museum there are 3 exhibitions and I enjoyed every single one of them. They have a permanent exhibition from the ‘Tropisme ‘ although the actual pictures change to showcase new works. These are photos of nature taken from the view of insects or bacteria for instance under ultraviolet or infrared light or from a spherical wide-angle fisheye kind of perpective. The pictures have weird colours and are recognizably flowers but nicely surreal.

Until July they also have an exhibition fron Dutch painter Bert van Santen. The title is ‘Flowers of Hope’ supposedly with a theme of being in respose to the social problems of our time. I couldn’t really see these in the way intended by the theme. But the paintings are all very relaxing and pleasant works where the flowers are mainly 3-dimensional lumps of paint on canvas along with some sculpture.

The third exhibition illustrates the story of an American novel ‘The Language of Flowers‘. I knew nothing about this book but it tells of Victoria who has a hard childhood mainly in care and how she relates to the meanings of flowers alongside the way her life develops. The pictures are all by different artists some created especially for the exhibition. The idea of illustrating the story in this way works well although I did find some of the pictures less interesting than the story.

In my view the Flower Art Museum is worth a visit though do check in advance that they are actually open. It would be a long trip by public transport but combined with the cycle ride there and back it does make a worthwhile few hours out. If you are unlucky and get here when they are closed though, the lake is also a perfectly agreeable spot to stop for your picnic lunch.

it’s a lake…

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