Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam

Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam

Originally serving as a convent and later as the city orphanage, this edifice has, since 1975, been transformed into an incredibly informative museum dedicated to chronicling the history of Amsterdam. Specifically, it delves into the city's remarkable ascent during the 17th century, a period when it emerged as one of the world's most influential metropolises.

Before you venture into the museum complex, take a moment to observe the archway at the entrance. Resting atop the slightly slanted arch is the city's coat of arms, featuring a red shield adorned with three Xs and a crown. These X-shaped crosses hold dual significance: they represent the crucifixion of Saint Andrew, the patron saint of fishermen, and they also symbolize the virtues of heroism, determination, and mercy. This symbolism was officially adopted by the queen following the Dutch experience in World War II, although prior to that, it is believed to have represented the three major medieval threats: fire, flood, and plague.

The 16th-century structure underwent expansion and renovation in 1634 under the craftsmanship of the acclaimed Dutch "Golden Age" architects, Hendrick and Pieter de Keyser, imparting it with an enduringly classic appearance. Inside, the museum's collection spans three floors and encompasses a wide array of artifacts, clothing, and archaeological discoveries, delving into various facets of the city's existence, including religion, culture, folklore, and even prostitution. Notably, it houses a replica of one of the Netherlands' earliest gay bars, which opened its doors in 1927.

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Sight Name: Amsterdam Museum
Sight Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands (See walking tours in Amsterdam)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

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Western Canal Belt Walking Tour

Western Canal Belt Walking Tour

Western Canal Belt is a historic neighborhood in Amsterdam that forms part of the larger Canal Ring, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which comprises a web of concentric canals. The three main canals making up the Western Belt are Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht. They are lined with beautiful and somewhat bizarre gabled houses that were built by prosperous merchants in the 17th century,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Amsterdam Food Tour

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Amsterdam's food scene is a delightful fusion of local traditions and global influences. Making your way through the interlocking canals, pretty bridges, and a maze of streets laden with diverse eateries and bars may easily render you hankering for a bite to eat and/or a drink to wash it down with.

The diverse culinary landscape of Amsterdam caters to a wide range of tastes and...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
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The history of Amsterdam is deeply intertwined with its religious heritage. The city is home to several historical churches, each with its own unique charm and significance. These religious sites serve as both spiritual centers and architectural treasures that provide insight into the city's past.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Amsterdam Introduction Walking Tour

Amsterdam Introduction Walking Tour

“Dancing to its own beat,” the Dutch capital Amsterdam is famous for its unusual life rhythm that is manifested in the air of canals, coffee shops, and the Red Light District, as well as many other things that altogether draw annually over five million visitors to the city.

A place where “hipness meets history”, Amsterdam emerged in the late 12th century as a small fishing village...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Jordaan Walking Tour

Jordaan Walking Tour

The Jordaan district of Amsterdam is a popular neighborhood renowned for its charming, narrow streets, quaint courtyards, and picturesque canals. Replete with beautiful historic houses, many of which have been converted into cozy cafés, trendy boutiques, and art galleries, this district has a distinctive atmosphere that sets it apart from other areas in the city.

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles

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