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Formerly known as the Amsterdam History Museum, this cultural treasure trove is a must-do for anyone eager to learn about the city's rich history. Here are five reasons you can't miss it!
Not only is it easily reached in central Amsterdam, the museum is housed in an old orphanage, developed over time by the city's leading architects!
The collection of Dutch paintings is one of Amsterdam's more modest, but lesser known works from famous names like Rembrandt provide a charming alternative to the larger galleries.
Among the curios illustrating the city's past is the barrel organ damaged when hidden Nazi soldiers emerged to kill 22 in an ambush on liberation celebrations in 1945.
The former Amsterdam History Museum outgrew its old name as it began to shed more light into the city's modern culture, from cycling and prostitution to Ajax soccer fandom!
Despite being spread chronologically across three floors, a lot of knowledge can be gleaned in a short space of time due to its efficient layouts and interactive exhibits.
The Amsterdam Museum is open daily 10:00AM to 5:00PM, though closed on April 27th (King's Day) and December 25th (Christmas). It doesn't open until noon on January 1st and closes an hour early on December 5th, 24th, and 31st. Some generous concessions are offered on ticket prices and entry is free with the I Amsterdam City Card or the Museumkaart.
The Amsterdam Museum is inaccessible by car but is just a short walk from Dam Square. The closest tram stops are Spui (lines 1, 2, and 5) and Rokin (4, 9, 14, 16, 24 and 25).
- When to visit10:00AM to 5:00PM daily, but check ahead of time for holiday closures in December.
- What is the price?Adult tickets are only €12.
- Will I need a guide?You won't need a guide for the museum, but other tours in the area are definitely worth it!
- How to get thereIt's just a short walk from Dam Square, or take tram lines 1, 2 or 5 to Spui, or lines 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 or 25 to Rokin.
- Additional tipsPhotography is allowed, but not with a tripod. | Some areas are not accessible for the disabled.
What People Are Saying About Amsterdam Museum
There was a problem getting my ticket. It had been booked on Dec 31st for Jan 5th and promised within 48hours. It did not arrive and when I rang, was told the tour had been cancelled. It was re-scheduled for Jan 6th but again my tickets were not sent immediately and my flight was booked for 9.45 on Jan 5th so I had no way of getting the tickets myself. Fortunately my nephew in Amsterdam printed them for me. But it was a nuisance as it made me late and slightly marred what was otherwise an enjoyable experience Harold was a professional, knowledgeable and considerate guide and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This was one of the highlights of my visit to Amsterdam! The guide, the tour, and everything else was amazing!
Our guide Tony explained to us the interesting history and stories about the red light district area, not just about the sex trade and coffee shops but also about the history of Amsterdam and some architectural highlights. Great tour that is not quite the usual 'touristy' stuff!
We had a lot of fun while also learning something. We always felt safe and it's one of the few tours where I managed to listen to everything starting from the beginning until the end.
We had a great time and found the canal trip very useful for accessing museums etc. Just loved the bus for its commentary and interesting sights, i would definitiely recommended this service - especially for first time visitors - a great way to see a new place on limited time and budget!!!