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Amsterdam Museum: Explore the City’s Rich History

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Until 2011, the Amsterdam Museum was known as the Amsterdams Historisch Museum, or Amsterdam Historical Museum. The museum first opened its doors in 1926 in the Waag. This 15th century building was located in Nieuwmarkt square. In 1975, the museum relocated to a new building, which served as Amsterdam’s orphanage from 1580 until 1960. The museum is located between Kalverstraat and Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal.


Amsterdam MuseumThe exhibitions in the Amsterdam Museum are all related to the history of the city from the Middle Ages to the present day. Many of the furnishings found in the original orphanage are still on display. The collection also includes artifacts from the Rasp house, which was a former prison where inmates were forced to make sawdust by rasping wood.

The museum’s collection consists of more than 70,000 different objects and more than 25,000 have been photographed and cataloged online. The collections on display include paintings, archaeological findings, models and furnishings.

The Amsterdam Museum also features an exhibit called “The Little Orphanage,” which is designed for visitors aged four and up. Young visitors will find animals hiding throughout the house. Visitors who are over the age of seven can meet and befriend orphan boy Jurriaan. Only after children have gathered enough information about his parents can they finally meet the boy. Muus Mouse also makes an appearance from time to time to meet with the youngest of museum visitors.

The “My Town” exhibit celebrates the diversity of Amsterdam, which is home to inhabitants from more than 180 different nationalities.

Those who cannot visit Amsterdam Museum in person can explore some their online collection (partially in Dutch).

Visitor Information

Amsterdam Museum is open daily from 10AM until 5PM, with the exception of December 25 and Kings Day.

Admission Fees:

  • Children 4 and under: Free
  • Children aged 5 – 10: € 5
  • Adults: € 11

You can also include an Audio Tour in your visit for an extra € 4. Guided tours are also available for € 70 for each group of up to 15 people. This price does not include admission price.

The museum also has its own café, known as Mokum Museum Café. Here, visitors can dine on fresh sandwiches, egg dishes, salads, pancakes and more. The café shares the same hours as the museum.

If you’re looking to bring home a souvenir from your trip, be sure to stop by the Museum Shop. The shop offers a range of books, publications related to the museum’s exhibits, posters, postcards and fun replica souvenirs.

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