Amsterdam Historic Museum, Amsterdam

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    Amsterdam Museum

    by mickeyboy07 Written Mar 20, 2012

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    Up until 2011 The Amsterdam Museum was called'Amsterdams Historisch Museum',it is a museum on the history of Amsterdam.Since 1975 it has been located in the old city orphanage between 'Kalverstraat and Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal'.The Museum exhibits various items from the Middle Ages to the present time.Many of the original furnishings of the city orphanage are on display,as are artifacts relating to the 'Rasp' House,the former house of correction in Amsterdam where the prisoners were forced to rasp wood to make sawdust.As of 2012 the museum manages 70,000 objects kept in various buildings and storage areas.There are plenty of paintings,photographs,models,archeological findings and other objects displayed all across the museum.Several headphones are located with video screens showing the history of the city and these are available in a language of your choice,there is also a museum shop,cafe and courtyard here.
    Open everyday 10am till 5pm,Entry is 10 Euros per adult,5 Euros under 18's,Free for under 5's.

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    by mightywease Written Oct 12, 2005

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    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 and Her History

    by UkBagLady Written Jan 3, 2005

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    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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    by doug48 Updated Jul 10, 2011

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    the amsterdam history museum is located in 16th century orphanage. the museum has many displays and maps depicting the the development of the city. the museum also has a number of works of art by famous amsterdam artists. a couple of examples, rembrandt, "the anatomy lesson of dr. jan deijman", gerrit berckheyde, "the flower market", nicolaas van der waay, "girls from the civic orphanage" and d.d. van santvoort's "the regentesses and the two housemistresses of the spinhuis". an interesting museum to visit. open daily.

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    Amsterdam Historical Museum

    by Jarin Written Jul 25, 2004

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    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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    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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    Amsterdams (historisch) Museum

    by dila Updated Apr 10, 2011

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    Its called now Amsterdam Museum
    Before it was an orphanage.

    Since 1926 the Amsterdam (Historical) Museum has provided a home for the city's art collection. This has been accumulated since the seventeenth century when a gallery was first opened at the town hall on Dam Square. Over the years many objects from urban institutions were added to this, including militia portraits, and portraits of governors, the guild silver collection and the David and Goliath statues.

    Opening hours 2011
    Monday to Friday 10.00 - 17.00
    Weekends and national holidays 11.00 - 17.00 hour

    Closed on 1 January, 30 April (Queens Day) and 25 December.
    Closing time on 4 May (Remembrance Day) is 14.00 hour.
    Closing time on 5, 24 and 31 December is 16.00 hour.

    prices 2011

    Adult €10,-
    Child between 6 and 18 year €5,-
    Child under 6 free
    Holland Pass, CCEurope, CJP, Cultuurkaart, ISIC, ITIC, IYTC
    Cards €7.50
    University of Amsterdam Student Card €5,-

    Stadspas, I Amsterdam Card, I amsterdam Congress Card, Vereniging Rembrandt, ICOM, Museumkaart free entrance

    Audio tours
    Highlight Audio tour €4,-
    The two museum entrances can be accessed from Kalverstraat 92, Sint Luciënsteeg 27 and Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357. The museum is a twelve-minute walk from Amsterdam's Central Station, via Damrak, Dam Square and Kalverstraat.

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    the regent's chamber

    by dila Updated Apr 10, 2011

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    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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    Amsterdam City History Museum, Part I

    by von.otter Written Oct 18, 2012

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    “And so you wander about, with art and nature playing so assiduously into each other’s hands that your experience of Holland becomes something singularly compact and complete in itself—striking no chords that lead elsewhere, and asking no outside help to unfold itself.”
    — Henry James (1843-1916) from his travels of August 1874

    The Amsterdam History Museum’s (Amsterdams Historisch Museum) permanent collection presents the history of Amsterdam in chronological order. Spread out on three floors, the collection shows off some remarkable paintings and period interiors. This exhibition carefully includes different aspects of the city’s life, from religious traditions to urban folklore.

    The armor (see photo #2) was made about 1580, most likely by Italian craftsman Pompeio della Cesa (1537-1610), based in Milan. This is parade, or show, armor, worn by the Civic Guard. The weapons (see photo #3) also belonged to this guild.

    The items in photos #4 & #5 were also Civic Guard pieces, used for ceremonial purposes. One such ceremony was called Shooting the Parrot. It was a competition between Guard members. The birds on the chains are parrots.

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    Amsterdam City History Museum, Part II

    by von.otter Written Oct 18, 2012

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    “The famous Dutch cleanliness seems to me quite on the level with its reputation, and asserts itself in the most ingenious and ludicrous ways. A rosy serving-maid, redolent of soap-suds from her white cap to her white sabots, stands squirting water from a queer little engine of polished copper over the majestic front of a genteel mansion whose complexion is not a visible shade less immaculate than her own.”
    — Henry James (1843-1916) from his travels of August 1874

    Amsterdams Historisch Museum is located in the center of the city. A visit to this museum can help give the visitor an understanding of Amsterdam’s rich history. In addition to its permanent treasures of art and artifacts, the Museum presents interesting temporary shows, about Amsterdam’s recent history, as well as about its people, arts, fashion and crafts.

    These Figures of the Court (now on display in the Museum) stood in the Viershaar of Amsterdam’s Old City Hall. The Viershaar was a gallery at the front of City Hall; from here the sheriff would deliver a convict’s sentence. The public would follow the proceedings from behind a rail.

    The figures are William IV (1345-1417, see photo #2); Isabella of Portugal (1397-1471/74, see photo #5); Philip the Good (1396-1467, see photo #3) and Jacoba of Bavaria (1401-1436, see photo #4). They are the counts of Holland and their consorts. These figures represented the power of the ruling class in the judicial process.

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    Amsterdam City History Museum, Part IV

    by von.otter Written Oct 18, 2012

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    “I swear that first and above all things I will maintain the constitution of the United Netherlands, and that I will promote, to the utmost of my power, the independence of the state, and the liberty and prosperity of its inhabitants.”
    — The oath taken by William I, first sovereign of the newly united Kingdom of the Netherlands.

    The Amsterdam History Museum is located in an old cloister, which since 1578 served as the city orphanage. It was enlarged by Hendrik de Keyser and Jacob van Campen, architects during Holland’s 17th-century Golden Age; it was then rebuilt in the 18th century following the NeoClassical style. In 1976, this beautiful historical monument was converted to the Amsterdam Historical Museum.

    It is possible to visit the rooms where the directors of the orphanage met. The rooms is paneled in rich wood and the walls hung with portraits in the Old Masters tradition. These men, wearing their somber dark clothes accented with a white pleated collar, oversaw the running of the institution.

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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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    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 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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    Amsterdam City History Museum, Part III

    by von.otter Written Oct 18, 2012

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    “Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy, but their good taste and their scientific knowledge of composition were enormous.”
    — Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)

    The Amsterdam History Museum would not be complete without including an exhibit on the importance of the bicycle in the city. And this exhibit (see photo #1) is interactive! By sitting on the bike and pedaling a video monitor is activated, playing a video of the streets of Amsterdam, giving the rider the feel of riding through the city.

    A more contemporary piece of history is the Coffeeshop (see photo #2); when spelled as one word, it can only mean that this storefront is meant for selling marijuana in all its forms, as cigarettes and in baked goods.

    Pictured in this grouping are three examples of the city’s coat-of-arms that are on display in the Museum. Photo #3 is a Blood Sash. It was worn by the burgomasters, across their shoulders, during the delivering of the death sentence by the sheriff. The Blood Sash features the triple white crosses, forming the coat-of-arms of the city.

    Photo #4 shows ceramic tiles from the chimney-breast from the 1909 Huize Dentz van Schaick, a private house in the city that was demolished in 1959. The city’s coat-of-arms looks quite grand here.

    Photo #5 is the clay model created by the sculptor Artus Quellinus for the 1651 triangular pediment to new City Hall. The title of the work is “Gods of the Sea pay Tribute to Amsterdam” which is represented by a maiden holding a shield with the triple white crosses of St. Andrew.

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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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