- See the history of one of the world's most complex and progressive cities in a beautifully maintained 16th-century building
- Explore the various eras of Amsterdam, from the 17th century to the Nazi occupation of WWII, up to its modern incarnation as a cultural capital
- Listen to Amsterdam's carillons, see authentic artifacts, and enjoy interactive exhibits – it's a great indoor activity for the whole family!
How can you define the identity of a city? This exhibition tells the story of Amsterdam through a wide-ranging collection chosen from over 100,000 items. See everything from priceless paintings to bizarre trinkets, and form a clearer image of Amsterdam's complex and multi-faceted identity.
Classic works of art, the city's historical coat of arms, and replica 3D models are all part of the exhibition – but so are more obscure items. The personal toys of a six-year-old boy bought at a flea market in 2004, the household items of an immigrant Chinese family, and a full kitchen from the 1930s all tell their own stories of the city's diversity.
From the Middle Ages through the 17th century, and right up to the present day, the story of the Dutch capital is told through ancient artifacts and interactive exhibits. This delightful museum covers everything Amsterdam, and it's great for kids!
Amsterdam doesn't hide its charming canals, nor its famous vices. But to really get to know the city you want to know its history, and how it became the thriving metropolis we know today.
Housed in a former orphanage, this beautifully maintained Classicist building contains a curated collection of paintings, photographs, models, and artifacts telling the story of Amsterdam – from its origins right up to the present day.
It touches on all aspects of the city, from religion and folklore to showbiz, prostitution, and Ajax. The museum also includes many original orphanage furnishings, revealing the long and fascinating history of the building itself.
- Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date
- Changes are possible for this ticket
Do grab an audio guide at the entrance, it complements the experience quite nicely. Also, make sure to bring a €1 or €2 coin if you'd like to use the lockers.
The authentic artifacts from centuries ago are especially cool. Imagine losing your shoe in the mud, and then someone finds it 400 years later and puts it in a museum!
Definitely recommended for people who live here and want to find out more about their city, or for visitors looking for something other than crowded coffeeshops and souvenir stores.