The building itself is pretty impressive and has monumental status. It is this that is really the museum. Unfortunately due to ongoing renovations there were parts of it that are currently off-limits, including the more museum-like part that has information about the building and its function. Fortunately I had timed my visit to one of their fortnightly side-saddle carousel demonstration.
It was also possible after the demonstration for interested people to have a go sitting side-saddle on a horse.
What could be accessed of the inside of the building was very old and stately looking. The tea rooms and the balcony area, from where the demonstration could be watched, in particular. It’s also possible to walk through the horse stalls area.
Due to the renovations, the foyer area was closed off, but the booklet you receive on arrival talks about it having photographs and information about the building, its history, and the manège itself.
According to the staff member at the entrance, it will be closed to complete the renovations in August 2019, so hopefully after then more will be accessible.
- Cost: Adults €8, children €4. If you’re seeing a demonstration it’s €12.50.
- Language: English and Dutch.
- Location: Vondelstraat 140, 1054 GT Amsterdam. If you’re coming from Amsterdam Centraal, take the 11 tram to 1e Con. Huygensstraat. If you’re coming from another direction, maybe you want to take the number 3 to Overtoom. Either way, it’s a short walk from there. It’s also very near Vondelpark, so if you can reach that you’re nearly there.
- Hours: Open daily from 10.00-17.00. Demonstrations are every second Sunday at 13.00, check their website for a schedule.