Museum ‘t Kromhout
In the city centre, Amsterdam’s maritime history comes to life. Old engineering and modern repurposing combine at a unique Stadsherstel venue.
Industrial and inspiring
Museum ’t Kromhout, robust and industrial, has an atmosphere of craftsmanship, engineering and strength. This inspiring environment gives dinners, receptions and company presentations an extra dimension. Theatre companies and musicians – for example from the Grachtenfestival – love the decor and are inspired by the historic setting.
’t Kromhout is also a popular wedding location, from the official ceremony and a photo shoot to drinks or a buffet. We’re here to help you realise your ideas.
Flexible and service-oriented
This heritage building is of course equipped with all modern conveniences, from heating to bathroom facilities and changing rooms. You can have drinks or a meeting in the upstairs hall, with a view of the historic Oosthal (‘East Hall’), and then move downstairs for dinner. Outside you can have a drink on the canal side with a view of the nearby windmill and the Oosterkerk church.
Stadsherstel is flexible and service-oriented. Contact the Stadsherstel team for inspiration and information about the possibilities of this impressive venue.
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History and repurposing
In an area once filled with small shipyards and maritime industry, the Kromhoutwerf shipyard is the only living proof of the economic glory that shipbuilding brought Amsterdam into the 20th century. Legendary Kromhout engines were built here until the late 1960s. The Westkap building is still in use as a shipyard and surrounded by old ships. In the Oosthal a sturdy floor can be laid out flexibly for events among the historic and still working Kromhout engines.
Restoring the city
This industrial heritage building was very nearly lost to us. When the company closed down in 1967, demolition was imminent, but a group of people with a passion for maritime history united in the Werf ’t Kromhout Foundation. Thanks to a major contribution from the Prince Bernhard Fund, the foundation was able to buy the land and buildings in 1975 and the shipyard was classified as national heritage.
In the 1990s, ’t Kromhout’s survival again came under threat due to tighter environmental regulations. The Amsterdam Monument Fund (which merged with Stadsherstel at the end of 1999) came on the scene and started the restoration, making sustainability one of the spearheads. The collection of Museum ’t Kromhout was given a prominent home in the Oosthal. To pay for its maintenance, the Oosthal is hired out as a venue. In this way, you too can contribute to the restoration and conservation of the city.
Thanks to Stadsherstel’s flexible attitude and the unique atmosphere of the venue, we had a great day. Everything was just right.
By getting together at this special venue, I learnt more about the neighbourhood and the history of the place where I live. And the food was delicious!