The Amsterdam Museum offers a glimpse into the history of the city as well as information about the present. Come experience the story of Amsterdam.
As is often the case in Amsterdam, the building is nearly as interesting as the exhibits. The museum is located in the heart of the city in a beautiful historic building. In the Middle Ages Saint Lucien’s Monastery was located here and in 1578 the City Orphanage was built. An exhibit for children called “The Little Orphanage” pays homage to this history. Be sure to walk the grounds and visit the courtyards.
Upon entering the museum the first exhibit upstairs is called Amsterdam DNA. This exhibit gives an overview of the history of Amsterdam with interactive displays and artifacts.
I really enjoyed a small exhibit that is a replica of a special bruincafe in the heart of the city center called Cafe’t Maandje. It was run by a woman named Bet van Beeren in the mid 1900s. You can learn about this history of this bar and then go there later, it is on the Zeedijk.
The museum regularly has changing exhibits, you can check the website for the latest information.
Have you heard of Provo? An youth movement in the 1960s, the Provos provoked the authorities to create change. Check out the white bicycles with signage around the museum courtyards and go for a self-guided tour around the city.
The Amsterdam Museum (previously known as the Amsterdams Historisch Museum) is a must for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of this beautiful city. It’s definitely one of our favorites.
Kalverstraat 92, Amsterdam
TOP TIP: If you plan to visit more than three museums within the year, we recommend the Museumkaart for locals. The price of €59 is worth it as entrance to each museum is around €15-20 for adults. If you are visiting Amsterdam take a look at the iAmsterdam card which gives you free transport around the city as well as free entry to many museums and attractions in Amsterdam and beyond. Check here for more information and to purchase the iAmsterdam card online. Another option is the Holland Pass which grants free and discounted access to several museums and attractions. Check here for more information on the Holland Pass.
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