Old Center Museums Walk, Amsterdam

Amsterdam is home to more than 50 museums and galleries reflecting the city's cultural diversity and appealing to a wide range of visitors. This self-guided tour is the perfect opportunity to visit some of the most attractive museums located in Amsterdam's Old Center, such as the Maritime Museum and the NEMO science center.
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Old Center Museums Walk Map

Guide Name: Old Center Museums Walk
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam (See other walking tours in Amsterdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: clare
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Netherlands Maritime Museum

1) Netherlands Maritime Museum (must see)

The Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum (Netherlands Maritime Museum) is housed in a former naval storehouse constructed in 1656. The museum moved to this building in 1973. The museum is dedicated to maritime history and contains many artifacts associated with shipping and sailing. The collection contains, among other things, paintings, scale models, weapons and world maps. The paintings depict Dutch naval officers such as Michiel de Ruyter and impressive historical sea battles. The map collection includes works by famed 17th-century cartographers Willem Blaeu and his son Joan Blaeu. The museum also has a surviving copy of the first edition of Maximilian Transylvanus' work, 'De Moluccis Insulis', the first to describe Ferdinand Magellan's voyage around the world.

Why You Should Visit:
Fun museum, nicely broken into 3 separate sections, each with multiple floors and nice artifacts for everyone, starting with children and ending with adults (engineers or not).

Tip:
Do not miss the free virtual reality show on the East India ship, but be careful to pre-book the tickets for it online.
The Royal Barge in the exhibit room opposite the ship is worth checking out as well.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-5pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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NEMO Science Museum

2) NEMO Science Museum (must see)

One of the most fascinating places in Amsterdam, where there is something for everyone, the NEMO is the largest science center and interactive museum in the Netherlands.

With its conception in 1923, NEMO has undergone several additions. Initially the science center was named Museum of Labor (Museum van den Arbeid), was later named New Metropolis in 1997 and finally in 2000 was christened NEMO.

This innovative science center is filled with interactive exhibits which will not only captivate your attention but will also definitely make your brain tick. Introducing young and old to the world of science and technology, you can check out for extraterrestrial activity, unravel the mysteries of the earth and space, see what is similar between you and a jellyfish, watch yourself grow old and do lots more at NEMO.

Designed by the renowned Italian architect, Renzo Piano, the structure of NEMO is a marvel in itself. Shaped like a hull, the building is sure to grab your attention at first instance. The museum and science center is well mapped and spread over 5 floors. Exhibits are specially designed for children as well as for those with a more advanced understanding of the subject. Undoubtedly, the NEMO makes for a perfect family experience.

Why You Should Visit:
A great place to have hands-on science experiences; spacious and bright.
Each floor has completely different themes and activities to offer.

Tip:
The roof terrace is a wonderful place to view Amsterdam and the waterways surrounding the building.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museum Our Lord in the Attic

3) Museum Our Lord in the Attic

Amsterdam is a city full of surprises and sticking to its reputation is the Museum Our Lord in the Attic. It is exactly how it sounds! The lord is indeed in the attic.

The second oldest museum in Amsterdam, the Museum Our Lord in the Attic was built in the 17th century by a merchant, Jan Hartman. During those times of Reformation when practicing Catholicism was considered against the law, Jan Hartman built a secret Catholic church in the attic of the house he had just purchased. Although not completely hidden from the radar of the Protestant Authorities, the Church still managed to function and flourished unharmed. With a plain, modest exterior, it is very difficult to locate which building actually houses this beautiful church. However, the interiors of the church are quite remarkable.

Hidden in the attic of the mansion, the Church is accessed by a creaky and rather steep wooden staircase. The church interiors are filled with incredible paintings and sculptures which make you forget the simple and austere exterior. With a narrow nave, the Church has a capacity of seating almost 150 people. One of the most remarkable features of the Church of Our Lord in the Attic is the organ which is as old as the Church itself and is played to this date.

A perfect example of architecture and interiors of the Dutch Golden era, the Museum Lord in the Attic must not be missed.
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Allard Pierson Museum

4) Allard Pierson Museum

The Allard Pierson Museum a division of the University of Amsterdam is a museum dedicated to preserving ancient antiquities and artifacts. A proud owner of some of the rarest antique collections, the Museum houses some artifacts that date back to 500 AD.

The Museum was christened after the first professor of classical archeology, Allard Pierson.

Dedication for collecting relics of the past took Pierson to the Mediterranean region. After his death, the Allard Pierson Foundation was established by his son to allow his father’s vast collection to be available for research and study. Over the years the collection grew with donations and purchases and soon the Allard Pierson Museum was established in 1934. The Museum initially occupied a building at Sarphatistraat however it soon outgrew the building.

In 1976, the Allard Pierson Museum shifted to its present location, the grand Oude Turfmarkt.

From ancient Egypt to the Roman Empire, the museum owns some of the most precious items in history. The permanent exhibits include the Near East, Greece, Cyprus, Ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire and Etruria. The temporary exhibits shed light on some of the most fascinating aspects of ancient civilizations. The exhibits are well chosen and draw attention from all over the world.
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Museum of Bags & Purses

5) Museum of Bags & Purses (must see)

The Museum of Bags and Purses, located in Amsterdam, is a museum devoted to historic handbags, purses and suitcases. The museum's collection includes 4,000 items dating back to the 1500s. One of only three museums across the globe specializing in the field and its collection is the world's largest. While the majority of visitors to the museum are women, the most valuable item on exhibit is a 16th-century men's goat-skin belt pouch with iron clasps. The earliest handbags in the museum's collection are typically small, used to carry coins, keys and sewing kits. Such bags were carried, by both men and women, under clothing to avoid drawing the attention of thieves. The development of pants with pockets for men and the change from billowing skirts to more form-fitting dresses led to handbags becoming an item for women, often with elaborate adornment.

Why You Should Visit:
A quirky museum, set in a lovely building. Well combined with Museum Willet-Holthuysen on the same canal.

Tip:
In addition to wandering through the museum, you can make a reservation for High Tea and savor the view of the canal with delicious tea & food.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

Creating your own self-guided walk in Amsterdam is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Amsterdam is the capital and the largest city of the Netherlands. It is famous for its unusual life rhythm manifested in the air of cannabis, coffee shops, the Red Light District and many other elements that keep drawing in people from the whole world all year round. Here are some suggestions on the top-rated tourist attractions of this extraordinary city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Southern Canal Belt Walking Tour

Southern Canal Belt Walking Tour

Grachtengordel (Dutch for the Canal District) is an international icon of urban planning and architecture in Amsterdam. Still very much intact after four centuries, the area is known for its small bridges, crossing the canals, and 17th-century homes. Forming a horseshoe around the Old City Centre, the Canal Ring comprises Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht canals, built during Amsterdam's Golden Era. Interconnected with streets, the three canals offer a plethora of shopping, eating and drinking opportunities, complete with cultural attractions, among which are the Pipe Museum, The Cat Cabinet, the Torture Museum, the Mint Tower and others. A walk around Amsterdam Canal Belt will leave you anything but bored.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Jordaan Walking Tour

Jordaan Walking Tour

The Jordaan is a district of the city of Amsterdam. It was originally a working class neighborhood, but in recent years it has become quite upscale and home to many museums and art galleries, particularly those focused on modern art. The district is also dotted with specialty shops, markets and restaurants. This tour is a perfect opportunity to see the main attractions of the district of Jordaan.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Western Canal Belt Walking Tour

Western Canal Belt Walking Tour

The Western Canal Belt is one of the most scenic parts of Amsterdam, it is where the web of historic canals is most tranquil. Various attractions are found here, from tiny shops and cafes to churches, museums and galleries. Take this tour and see the best sites of the Western Canal Belt.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Amsterdam without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Amsterdam, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Canal Belt Nightlife

Canal Belt Nightlife

A major cosmopolitan city with an absolutely electrifying nightlife scene, Amsterdam offers a variety of entertainment, from live music to underground house music, including ultra-chic to casual hangouts. Amsterdam is also home to variety of bars and clubs located inside historic buildings, allowing some of these former establishments to live on thematically, including the industrial chic of a former printing house, the heavenly theme of a converted church with large stained glass windows still intact, and more. Take this Nightlife Tour of Amsterdam's Canal Belt and discover what this great city is all about.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km

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