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Amsterdam Historical Museum (Netherlands)

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No less than seven centuries of Amsterdam's history is displayed in the Amsterdams Historisch Museum: models, maps, paintings, archaeological findings and other objects trace the growth of Amsterdam from a medieval town to a modern metropolis. You can see medieval shoes and the rainbow-colored umbrella of the Gay Games 1998. The Civic Guard Gallery is the only public museum street in the world and shows a selection of group portraits of Amsterdam militia groups. The museum is housed in the former public orphanage. You can buy the most beautiful souvenirs in the Amsterdam Gift Shop, there is a library and in the restaurant you can get a drink and have something to eat.

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Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357, Amsterdam 1001 AC

City: Amsterdam

Country: Netherlands

Phone 1: +31 20 523 1822

Email: info@ahm.amsterdam.nl

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. Sat-Sun and holidays 11am-5pm

Exceptionally closed: Closed on January 1st, April 30th, and December 25th

Entrance fee: Admission 8€ ($13) adults, 6€ ($9.60) seniors, 4€ ($6.40) children 6-18, free for children 5 and under.

Access by tramway: Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 14, 16, 24, 25 to Spui

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Amsterdam Historical Museum, {CATEGORY}

For a better understanding of everything you'll see while exploring the city on your own, a visit of 3 to 4 hours to this brilliantly executed museum is more than worthwhile. Its location, the restored 17th-century former Burger Weeshuis (City Orphanage), is already notable. Gallery by gallery, century by century, you'll learn how a small fishing village founded around 1200 became a major sea power and trading center. The focus is on the city's 17th-century Golden Age, when Amsterdam was the world's wealthiest city, and some of the most interesting exhibits are of the trades that made it rich. You can also view famous paintings by the Dutch Old Masters in context. There are plenty of hands-on exhibits and some interesting video displays. A scale model from around 1677 shows a then-new Stadhuis (Town Hall) on the Dam, now the Royal Palace. It's displayed without some outer walls and the roof to allow a bird's-eye look inside, which makes a later visit to the palace that much more enjoyable. One small room is given over to local hero Jan Carel Josephus van Speyk, a Dutch naval officer during the 1830 rebellion by Belgium against Dutch rule. Belgian patriots who aimed to commandeer his warship at Antwerp didn't account for van Speyk's "Don't give up the ship" disposition. He dropped his lit cigar into the gunpowder magazine, blowing up the vessel, the rebel boarders, and himself. Pop into Café 't Mandje, a typical, if tiny, Amsterdam neighborhood bar. Sadly, you can't order a beer or a jenever from this museum exhibit. For real-life alimentation, visit the museum's David & Goliath restaurant. It has a high-beamed ceiling and a wooden sculpture (ca. 1650) of David and Goliath that's 5m (16 ft). high, and salvaged from a local amusement garden that was a feature of Amsterdam's landscape for more than 200 years until 1862. In summer, you can dine outdoors under the shade of courtyard trees. If you don't feel like visiting the museum yet and are craving some historic art and architecture, stroll through the Schuttersgalerij (Civic Guards Gallery). It's not easy to find this narrow, two-story sky-lit passageway linking Kalverstraat to the hidden Begijnhof courtyard, even though it is just outside the museum and is signed at various points around it. Under the walkway's glass roof, you'll see 15 bigger-is-better, 17th-century paintings showing the city's heroic musketeers, the Civic Guards. Elegantly uniformed and of doubtful military effectiveness, these militia companies once played an important role in the city's defense but degenerated into little more than banqueting societies. The paintings are in the same tradition, if not quite the same league, as Rembrandt's The Night Watch, but you don't have to line up and pay to view them. And seen in this relaxed context, without crowds, they are well worth the detour. One of the best is Captain Joan Huydecoper's Company Celebrating the Peace of Münster (1648), by Govert Flinck. Admission is free, and hours are the same as for the museum.

Amsterdam Historical Museum, {CATEGORY}

No less than seven centuries of Amsterdam's history is displayed in the Amsterdams Historisch Museum: models, maps, paintings, archaeological findings and other objects trace the growth of Amsterdam from a medieval town to a modern metropolis. You can see medieval shoes and the rainbow-colored umbrella of the Gay Games 1998. The Civic Guard Gallery is the only public museum street in the world and shows a selection of group portraits of Amsterdam militia groups. The museum is housed in the former public orphanage. You can buy the most beautiful souvenirs in the Amsterdam Gift Shop, there is a library and in the restaurant you can get a drink and have something to eat.

Amsterdam Historical Museum, {CATEGORY}

No less than seven centuries of Amsterdam's history is displayed in the Amsterdams Historisch Museum: models, maps, paintings, archaeological findings and other objects trace the growth of Amsterdam from a medieval town to a modern metropolis. You can see medieval shoes and the rainbow-colored umbrella of the Gay Games 1998. The Civic Guard Gallery is the only public museum street in the world and shows a selection of group portraits of Amsterdam militia groups. The museum is housed in the former public orphanage. You can buy the most beautiful souvenirs in the Amsterdam Gift Shop, there is a library and in the restaurant you can get a drink and have something to eat.

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