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  • Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 359
  • Hours: Daily 10am - 5pm
  • Admission: Adult: €10, 5-18 years: € 5, Under 5 years: Free

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Amsterdam Historical Museum (Historisch Museum)

Amsterdam is a city crammed with museums and galleries, but for the definitive history of the city itself, head to the Historisch Museum, or the Amsterdam Historical Museum, located just off Kalverstraat shopping street.

From its origins as a tiny, riverside settlement to the modern sprawling metropolis, the museum’s permanent exhibitions trace the city’s evolution. Exhibits feature everything from Dutch trading to bicycle use in the city, with special rooms focusing on WWII, gay rights and the city’s famously liberal drug policies. Interactive displays, a series of paintings by the Dutch Old Masters and a 17th-century style reconstructed café liven things up.

The Historical Museum is housed in a 17th century building, formerly home to the City Orphanage, and its classical facade is still adorned with the Amsterdam Coat of Arms above its entrance. Inside, rooms are circled around a central courtyard and the David & Goliath restaurant, with its wooden beams and sculptures of its namesakes, makes an atmospheric location for a post-visit coffee.

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