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Amsterdam Sights

Amsterdam Museum (Amsterdam Historical Museum)

  • Kalverstraat 92 and Sint Luciënsteeg 27 Map It
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Updated 10/09/2012

Fodor's Review

Any city that began in the 13th century as a boggy swamp to become the trading powerhouse of the world in the 17th century has a fascinating story to tell, and this museum does it superbly. It's housed in a rambling amalgamation of buildings, once a convent, which was used as Amsterdam's Civic Orphanage. Before visiting the actual museum, walk past the entrance and check out the glassed Schuttersgalerij (Civil Guards Gallery) lined with huge portraits of city militias—though

not in the same league as The Night Watch, you can see them for free. Recently, 21th-century renditions of civil guard paintings have been added to the collection, notably one featuring the "Maid of Amsterdam," with a joint in one hand and Rembrandt's face tattooed on her chest.

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Kalverstraat 92 and Sint Luciënsteeg 27, Amsterdam, 1012 PH, Netherlands

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Sight Details:

  • €10
  • Daily 10–5

Updated 10/09/2012


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May 19, 2005

From Someone who WORKS with Museums and has been "Around"

This is a top-notch institution! Do not miss it...I am very impressed with how well the institution has been made current and contextualized. Congratulations to you and if you visit Amsterdam, this is one of the (now) MANY museums that have left speechless. I work with museums in the United States and have learned a lot about how to make history fascinating. Again, my highest praise to those responsible.

By A

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Apr 29, 2005

Excellent Wrap-up

The musuem was a great end to a week trip in Amsterdam. After being in the city for awhile, it was nice learn about a culture that I was growing to respect. Definitely go here if you are in interested in history and cultural geography.

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