Amsterdam's city museum is a wonderful meeting place for Amsterdammers and THE museum for people wanting to learn more about the capital. Amsterdam Museum tells the story of the city of Amsterdam: its past, present and future.
Amsterdam: a world city? Yes, but also small, quaint and strong-minded. Home to Johan Cruijff, Rembrandt, Ajax, the Red Light District, the Dutch East India Company and marijuana. The capital of the Netherlands. A 1000-year-old trading city that has a special relationship with water and a strong focus on entrepreneurship, creativity, citizenship and free-thinking. In the monumental Amsterdam Museum building you will discover the story of Amsterdam through a large number of masterpieces, such as an aerial map from the Middle Ages, Breitner's The Dam, a lesson on anatomy from Rembrandt, the Witkar and a portrait of Theo van Gogh. See, read about, hear and experience how the city has developed in the Amsterdam Museum.
- Amsterdam DNA - Divided into 7 periods, you will learn all about this city's fascinating story
- The Little Orphanage - A fascinating insight into what life must have been like in the 17th century orphanage
- The Civic Guard Gallery - Features original group portraits, made between 1530 and 2007 by artists such as Bartholomeus van der Helst and Erwin Olaf
- Plus many temporary exhibitions, guided tours and events
Since 1975 the Amsterdam Museum has been located in a spectacular building on the Kalverstraat, where in the Middle Ages Saint Lucien's Monastery was situated and in 1578 the City Orphanage (Burgerweeshuis) was established. The orphanage was home to thousands of children between 1580 and 1960, many of whom had lost their parents to the plague.
The children also received an education here: the older boys attended school elsewhere in the city, while the girls received instruction within the orphanage and were trained in domestic skills. In memory of the time of the orphanage, the Regents' Room (Regentenkamer) and orphans' cupboards in the inner courtyard have been left intact and The Small Orphanage (Het Kleine Weeshuis), a family presentation where you can find out all about the world of Amsterdam's orphans, was established. The boys’ and girls' inner courtyards, where boys and girls and boys played separately, also originate from that time.
Dates & Times
The Amsterdam Museum is open daily from 10.00 until 17.00
The museum is closed on 27 April and 25 December.
On 1 January the museum is open from noon until 17.00.
On 5, 24 and 31 December the museum is open until 16.00.
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