Amsterdam Museum


See, read, hear and experience how the city has developed in the Amsterdam Museum.



Amsterdam: a world city? Yes, but also small, quaint and strong-minded. Home to Johan Cruijff, Rembrandt, Ajax, the Red Light District, the Dutch East India Company and marijuana. The capital of the Netherlands. A 1000-year-old trading city that has a special relationship with water and a strong focus on creativity, citizenship and free-thinking. In the monumental Amsterdam Museum building you will discover the story of Amsterdam through a large number of masterpieces. For example an aerial map from the Middle Ages and Breitner’s The Dam. See, read about, hear and experience how the city has developed in the Amsterdam Museum.


Since 1975 the Amsterdam Museum has been located in a spectacular building on the Kalverstraat. In the Middle Ages Saint Lucien’s Monastery was situated and in 1578 the City Orphanage (Burgerweeshuis) was established. The orphanage was home to thousands of children between 1580 and 1960, many of whom had 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. In memory of the time of the orphanage, the Regents’ Room (Regentenkamer) and orphans’ cupboards in the inner courtyard have been left intact and The Small Orphanage (Het Kleine Weeshuis), a family presentation where you can find out all about the world of Amsterdam’s orphans, was established. The boys’ and girls’ inner courtyards, where boys and girls played separately, also originate from that time.

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