Delve into the world of archaeology at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. As an extension of the University of Amsterdam, the museum includes artifacts from ancient civilizations around the world, including Egypt, Greece and the Roman Empire.
Founding of the Museum
The museum’s name is derived from the University of Amsterdam’s first classical archaeology professor, Allard Pierson. Pierson spent quite a bit of time traveling through the Mediterranean and developed his own personal collection of plaster casts between 1877 and 1895.
Jan Six, the university’s second professor of archaeology, also had a personal collection of antiques and books. The university inquired about purchasing his collection after his death in 1925. Pierson’s son created the Allard Pierson Foundation to make his unique antique collection available to the public. The collection was housed in a building in Weesperzijde whose top floor served as a museum. The museum opened to the public in 1934 after the collection had grown.
Today, the museum houses a vast collection of artifacts and objects from ancient civilizations, including:
- Southern Italy and Sicily
- Middle East, including Mesopotamia, Syria, Iran, Anatolia and Selenkahiye
- Roman Empire
The objects found in the museum date anywhere from 4,000 BC to 500 AD. Some pieces touch on ancient mythology and folklore, while others give visitors a glimpse into what everyday life looked like during ancient times. A large portion of the museum’s collection consists of artifacts and objects from ancient Egypt, which takes up the entire first floor of the museum. In addition to the museum’s permanent collection, various special exhibits are held throughout the year.
The Allard Pierson Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday. During the week, the museum is open from 10AM until 5PM. On Saturday and Sunday, the museum is open from 1PM until 5PM.
- Children under 4: Free
- Children between 4 and 16: € 5,00
- Adults: € 10,00
Guided tours are also available for an additional € 50 during the week and € 60 on Saturdays and Sundays. Groups can include up to 15 people. For more information on guided tours, please visit the Allard Pierson Museum website.
Cameras are allowed inside of the museum, but you must refrain from using your flash. Extra lighting and tripods are also not permitted. Excess lighting can cause damage to the artifacts and artwork.
Souvenirs, books, postcards and magazines can be purchased in the museum shop.