Amsterdam Historic Museum, Amsterdam

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Kalverstraat 92 - 1012 PH Amsterdam +31-20-5231822

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    the regent's chamber

    by dila Updated Apr 10, 2011

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    orphanageroom

    The regentenkamer is at the Amsterdam Historisch Museum.origanal renovated room from the orphanage. if you come from the kalverstraat and walk into the entrance go to the right. you can look into that room for free. this room is like when it was an orphanage. at the entrance to the left you have a desk you can ask person who works here for the free room to see.

    2011 its not free to see the room no more but we were already in the room when we found out lol

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    The History of Amsterdam

    by lina112 Written Mar 7, 2011

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    The Ámsterdam Historical Museum chronicles the compelling story of the growth of this city. The museum is housed in a splendid 17th century former civic orphanage. Exhibitions include objects from the museums collection, as well as audiovisual displays and interactive media. This is comprised of hundreds of photos and fragments of historic film, documentaries and movies from dutch archives. The Ámsterdam Historical Museum is divided into chronological periods.

    El Museo Histórico de Ámsterdam narra la fascinante historia del crecimiento de esta ciudad. El museo está ubicado en un espléndido edificio del siglo XVII, un antiguo orfanato. Incluyen objetos de la colección de museos, así como presentaciones audiovisuales y medios interactivos. Este se compone de cientos de fotos y fragmentos de la histórica película, documentales y películas de los archivos holandeses. El Museo Histórico de Ámsterdam se divide en períodos cronológicos.

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    Amsterdams Historisch Museum - IV. Anatomy.

    by breughel Updated Jan 23, 2011

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    Room 11 shows 5 anatomy lessons painted by some of the best Dutch painters.
    In the 17th century, Amsterdam and the United Provinces were among Europe’s foremost scientific centres. The quest for knowledge and for anatomical knowledge in particular, was not seen to be in conflict with religion. Even so, the dissection of a human body was not seen as a natural act. Permission was granted only sparingly, and only to well-known members of the universities, who would be allowed to perform dissections for teaching purposes or as public demonstrations.
    We can see "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Jan Deijman," (1656) by Rembrandt van Rijn.
    Famous are the anatomy lessons of Dr. Frederik Ruysch by Adriean Backer (1670) and another of a child by Jan Van Neck.
    Ruysch a prominent surgeon, obstetrician, and anatomist was the chief anatomist of the Amsterdam surgeons' guild.
    Impressive these anatomy lessons!

    Open: Monday to Friday 10 - 17 h
    Saturday and Sunday 11 - 17 h
    Price: 10 €,
    6 - 18 yr 5€
    Free with museum card (can be bought here).

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    Amsterdam Historical Museum

    by yooperprof Written Sep 11, 2008

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    Interesting for local history! I'm a history buff (and a historian) so of course it was natural for me to pay a visit to this excellent regional museum. Amsterdam is a city with a great and important past, and the local museum portrays its diverse and rich past in an interactive and convincing manner. I especially liked the profusion of maps and dioramas that portrayed the relationship of the city to its environment, both physical and human, over the centuries. It really becomes clear how "clever" the Dutch have been (and Amsterdammers in particular) at making the best of their situation!

    Coming the museum here also helped me to understand the peculiar relationship of Amsterdam to the rest of the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the largest and most important city, but it's not the government center - and it's also far from being a Royal city in the manner of a London or a Copenhagen. Amsterdammers have always been proud and bourgeous - rich through trade and commerce - and always have something of a difficult relationship with the rest of the country. And something of a difficult relationship with the Dutch monarchy, too!

    One of my favorite exhibits though focused upon the development of the monarchy in the 19th and 20th centuries. The monarchy probably would not have survived had it not been for the resourcefulness and ingenuity of its long period of Queens: Wilhelmina, Juliana and now Beatrix. So interesting to see how Queens Day is celebrated here - even (or especially) in the gay clubs of the Rokin!

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    A little history lesson on the city

    by heryanta Written Jul 28, 2007

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    Amsterdams Historisch Museum used to be an orphanage and the building dates back to the 1500's

    Although not as famous as Anne Frank or van Gogh museum it is actually a very interesting museum that tells the story of the city through the ages. Quite enjoyable is the 'life through the decades' where they have a model of a typical living rooms from different era next to each other.

    The museum entrance is located on Kalverstraat just a few minutes off Dam square so it's worth visiting as chances are you will be spending time in the area.

    The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm and it costs Euro 7 for adults.

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    Historic Museum

    by mafootje Written Jul 26, 2007

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    Right in the hart of Amsterdam you'll find this museum. Only the garden can be a reason to take a look here. Instead of a small street this museum has an oasis in the hectic city center.

    Inside the museum there was a temporary exposition about fashion. But the museum also tells the story of Amsterdam. Here you can see i small replica of a pub. But it also tells you the story about the plane crash on the Bijlmer in Amsterdam.

    They got the postboxes and bells on exhibtion, pushing a bell tells the story of the drama that has happened there.

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    A must see in Amsterdam

    by ozalp Updated Feb 5, 2007

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    Historic Museum was very close to the hotel we stayed. After I bought my I Amsterdam card I made a schedule about places I wanted to see the most and I did not think much about this museum. In a cold and rainy day I visited to hotel room for a quick rest and remembered the Historic Museum. It wasn't very late but I wished to have more time to enjoy this museum.

    The building had been used as an orphanage before. It has an inner court and the multistory building surrounds the court is like a labyrinth. First halls contain the oldest pieces of the city: Used shoes, spoons... Then the objects are getting more complicated and exciting. Some halls have objects and stories of people who actually live.
    You can witness fragments of lives which lived in Amsterdam once. You can see a skull of a goat and read that it had been found by a child during the Hunger Winter. And you can imagine how precious it was with all the meat on it.

    Using cameras is allowed in this museum.

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    Amsterdam Historisch Museum

    by codrutz Updated Jan 23, 2006

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    Included in the Amsterdam Pass there is also a (must do) visit to the Amsterdam Museum of History (Amsterdam Historisch Museum). There you will travel back in time from the first years of the founding of the small village and the first dam on the Amstel River, trough its development as a great merchant sea port, trading commodities and expanding to what now it became also one of the greatest ports in the world, but also one of the nicest cities, much due to its canals.

    My advice is: Do not miss the Amsterdam Historisch Museum!

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    Amsterdam Historic Museum

    by Carino Written Nov 22, 2005

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    In every town I visit, I also visit the historic museum and usually they are very boring.
    The one in Amsterdam is different. It gives you a very good insight about the history of this fascinating city. Another must see in Amsterdam.

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    In the Port of Amsterdam

    by mightywease Written Oct 12, 2005

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    Outside the Amsterdam Historisch Museum

    The Amsterdam Historisch Museum traces the history of the city through archaeological finds, paintings, artefacts and personal testimony.

    It is fascinating how the city developed from small settlements on raised pieces of land by the side of the Amstel river through the reclamation of land, building of canals, conflicts with Spain, France and England, the growth and importance of trade, migration from both Holland and beyond to the multi-cultural city of today. Phew! There is a lot to take in but the exhibits are clearly labelled in both Dutch and English and some are interactive, although we did find the layout of the galleries a little confusing at times

    We particularly enjoyed the recreation of a Jordaan brown caf?, the paintings in the Civil Guard Gallery, the Delft Flower Vases and the very personal exhibits of some of those people who have made Amsterdam their home. Well worth a visit.

    Open: Mon-Fri. 10am-5pm, Sun: 11pm-5pm

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    Amsterdam Historitic Museum

    by siso010 Updated Jul 10, 2005

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    It shows you the history of Amsterdam from being a village in the river,till its a modern city now.
    You will enjoy your stay in this museum,it is not that big also.

    Working hours is from 10:00 to 17:00

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    Hours of Amsterdam history and culture!!

    by aaaarrgh Written Jul 8, 2005

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    Amsterdam's Historisch Museum is a perfect place to find absolutely everything about this wonderful city. Perfect for a rainy afternoon - this is a big museum in an old religious building on several floors. It also has exhibtions and a play-room for children.

    For only 6 euros you are taken from the earliest settlers on the Amstel, to the modern liberal city of today. The time-lapse film at the start shows you how dramatically the coast (or lack of it) has changed over 1000 years.

    There were also loads of paintings (almost too many) of the important Amsterdam men of the C16th and C17th. I found it spooky to look at the many faces of people who had been dead for over 400 years! Then there was loads on Amsterdam shipbuilding, with some incredible models.

    The section on twentieth century Amsterdam was the most interesting - I would say if you are short of time, visit the first few rooms and then head straight for the 1900's! Squatters, drugs, the city of tomorrow etc.

    Jeez, I tried hard to go around in 60 minutes but ended up there for over two hours!!

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    Amsterdam Historisch Museum

    by roamer61 Written May 16, 2005

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    This fine museum located in a 17th Century orphanage has an outstanding collection of exhibits detailing the history of Amsterdam, from the time the area was first settled, to the present time. Amongst the treasures are a series of magnificent paintings of civic guards. Highly recommended.

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    Amsterdam and Her History

    by UkBagLady Written Jan 3, 2005

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    Amsterdam Historical Museum

    Another must for anyone interested in the history and growth of the city is a visit to the Amsterdam Historic Museum. This fascinating museum will give you an insight into the history and the developement of the city from it's very beginings in the 13th century . There are rooms galore with both temporary and permanent exhibitions to see.
    There is even a room where you can try ringing some of the cities famous carillons for yourself ; great fun ,especially for children!
    The museum is conveniently situated on the Kalverstraat, Amsterdams main pedestrianised shopping street,right in the middle of town.The building which houses the museum was once the City Orphanage and in the courtyard you can still see the outside lockers where the boys of the Orphanage would keep their belongings. There is also a unique and free art gallery here : the canal which once separated the boys and girls quarters of the Orphanage has been filled in and a glass walkway built over it. This walkway ~ the Schuttersgallerij ~ has huge paintings of the old Amsterdam Militia on display, for free! There is also a pleasant courtyard and a cafe, the David and Goliath , which houses huge wooden statues of the biblical pair which were formerly in a Plantage pleasure garden. The museum is also next door one of Amsterdams most peaceful and tranquil spots,the Begijnhof which is another of my 'must sees' whilst in Amsterdam!

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    Amsterdam Historical Museum

    by Jarin Written Jul 25, 2004

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    Amsterdams Historisch Museum

    On the spot of the AMSTERDAM HISTORICAL MUSEUM buildings used to be civil orphanage, which was founded around 1520. It was than moved to the former medieval St Lucy’s convent, that once stood on the site of the present museum, but was gradually demolished.
    The facades, the gates, the governors room and the boys and girls courtyards recall the days when this was a children's home.
    The present museum houses here since 1975 and has enormous 16-18th century group portraits, maquettes and archaeological finds of the orphanage and have regularly expositions.
    Open daily.

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    Jun 21, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Beste Pieter Jan,
    The photo (by dough48) appearing as first for the Amsterdam Museum (former Amsterdam Historisch Museum) is that of the Palace on the Dam ! This photo is on the wrong place.

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