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The Historical Museum of Amsterdam, founded in 1414, was, in its origin, a monastery dedicated to Santa Lucia until 1578 it became orphanage, thus welcoming in the orphans of the city until 1960, year in which closed its doors. After 15 years it reopened as it soothes of the Historical Museum of the city on the occasion of the anniversary of the official foundation of Amsterdam.

Historical museum of Amsterdam 

The museum, a building with doquinados patios and a facade of red brick classic style of century XVII, counts to the present time on a total of 17 rooms in which the history of the city is lodged, from the prehistory.

Thus we can know history the Port of Amsterdam, that was born from a small village inhabited by fishermen to the borders of the Amstel; the glories of the century of Gold or the Regentenkamer or Cámara of Regentes, a classic hall the S.XVII in which those met that had been administrators of the old orphanage, old carrillón.

The visitors cannot be marched the museum without contemplating patios, one the one of the Boys both and another one the one of the Girls of the orphanage. The patio of the Boys, old barn of the convent, has become the cafeteria-restaurant In De Oude Goliat, in whose interior we can enjoy the “company? of David and Goliath, which they comprise of a trio of Biblical statues, that there are exhibited.

The Gallery of the Civic Guard, or Shuttergalerij, is a covered gallery in which we can see, among others, the anonymous picture of company F of the Real Guard, of year 1552.

In the first plant, aside from the library, we can see some of the memories that the Dutch sailors brought of their trips by high seas in century XVII and XVIII, when Dutch navy had reached reputation by everybody already, and their passages even took to them to fuindar the New Amsterdam in America. Also in this plant there are flamenco pictures of great cultural realism that reflect the social life and of the Holland of that one time, like the market of flowers, Gerrit Berckheyde, the year 1673, in which is then this traditional market.

From this plant, it is possible to be gone out Kalverstraat where there is an iron iron door that communicates with the Begijnhof, a building characterized by his tranquility in contrast to the anxious and noisy commercial street.

The museum is located in the Kalverstraat street, although also it is possible to be acceded to him from St. Luciensteeg, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal or by the Begijnhof. In the case of acceding by St Luciensteeg it is recommended to observe the door that is to the left dated in 1634 and which it contains 22 shields different from Amsterdam. If you do it to the entrance by the own Kalverstraat street you will see that on its porch is the Relief of the orphans, copies of the original one of Joost Bilhamer, with which it was asked people so that it contributed in the mantenimineto of the orphans who lived there.

Nevertheless, the most beautiful entrance is by Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, that gives access to the ground floor where is the Corner of the Miracles, that you do not have perderos, because in her there are reproductions of the well-known like Miracle of Amsterdam, happened in 1345, when falling the Sagradas Formas to the fire, these were not burned, remaining intact. This is the main facade of the Museum, done in red brick of century XVII, in neoclassic style.

Useful information on the Historical Museum of Amsterdam

  • Address: c Klaverstraat, 92; Voorburgwal, 357 and St. Luciensteeg, 27
  • Telephone: 523 1822
  • In order to arrive: buses 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 24 and 25.
  • Schedules:
    • Of Monday through Friday of 10 to 17, oo hours.
    • Saturdays and Sundays from 11 to 17, oo h.
    • Closed days 1 of January, 30 of April and 25 of December
  • Prices:
    • Up to 6 years: free
    • Between 6 and 18 years: 3,5 €
    • Majors of 65 years: 5,25 €
    • Adults: 7 €
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