Fodor's Expert Review Stadsarchief Amsterdam

Eastern Canal Ring Museum/Gallery
Free

Established in 1848, the city's archives comprise millions of maps, drawings, prints, books, photographs, and film about Amsterdam: there are a staggering 50 km (30 miles) worth, making it the largest municipal archive in the world. Highlights–-300 of the "most attractive, unusual, valuable, and moving" items–-are on permanent display in the Treasury, former bank vaults that look like the tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh. The epic checkerboard building, completed in 1926 and named in honor of its theosophist architect Karel de Bazel, is also fascinating and infused with its creator's religious beliefs. In theosophy, a building is an art form that can express a higher message using mathematical principles to achieve total harmony. Have deep thoughts over lunch in the café or browse the excellent on-site bookstore, which sells just about every available Amsterdam-relevant publication. Special exhibitions are usually also excellent.

Museum/Gallery Library/Archive Building/Architectural Site Historical Free

Quick Facts

Vijzelstraat 32
Amsterdam, North Holland  1017 HL, Netherlands

020-251–1511

www.amsterdam.nl/stadsarchief

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free, special exhibitions €6, Closed Mon.

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