Last week I decided to pay a visit to the Amsterdam Museum. I always like to recommend this lovely museum, but is had been an awful long time since my last visit. Yet, once again the extended historic collection and information swept me away.
Amsterdam has multiple really big and famous museums, of course the Rijks, Van Gogh, MOCO and Stedelijk are always on top of everyones list. But if you have an particular interest in Amsterdam’s history the Amsterdam Museum is just perfect. By paying a visit, and taking a tour, you’ll get to know how Amsterdam became what it is today.
Amsterdam is a really big city, the biggest in the Netherlands, for us. But actually, it is kinda small, characteristic and really strong-minded. Amsterdam is an 1000-year old trading city with an peculiar relation to water and a strong focus on entrepreneurship, creativity, citizenship and free-thinking. Its origin, growth and all cultural, religious and architectural aspects are shown in the museum’s collection.
The building that houses the Amsterdam Museum used to be a monastery in the Middle Ages. In 1578 it became the City Orphanage, which was home to thousands of children whom lost their parents to the plague. The children also received an education here: the older boys attended school elsewhere in the city, while the girls received instruction within the orphanage and were trained in domestic skills.
It is really nice to see how all sorts of art, objects, paintings, either old or new come, together in this museum. Would certainly advise to include a visit to this wonderful museum while visiting Amsterdam. But also, if you live in Amsterdam yourself it is really fun to visit.
1012 PH Amsterdam
€•••• (adult ticket: 13,50)