Amsterdam Historisch Museum

Price guide: Mid-range

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357, Amsterdam, 1001 AC

Price guide: Mid-range

Museum courtyard
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expert-rated things to do in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Education

Best for History - Expert review of Amsterdam Historisch Museum

This underrated museum gives an excellent introduction to Amsterdam's fascinating past.

Spread over a number of interconnected buildings in the heart of medieval Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Historisch Museum is often overlooked. It's packed with a wonderfully diverse range of displays. My personal highlights are the fascinating maps revealing the growth of the city, the exquisite model ships, and the gory Golden Age paintings of anatomy lessons. The modern section is engaging, too, with a mock-up of a famous Amsterdam bar run by a lesbian, and infomation about the infamous Provos of the 1960s.

Price advice: 

10 euros; over 65s 7.5 euros, children 6-18 5 euros; under 6s free. Also I amsterdam Card and Museumkaart holders free.

Expert tips: 
If you're short of time, pick up a free highlights tour leaflet at the entrance. There is also a highlights audio tour for 4.5 euros.
The Civic Guards Gallery, a covered arcade lined with 17th-century paintings that forms part of the museum, is free to access.
The museum's café - Museumcafé Mokum - is a nice spot with a cosy courtyard.

More information on Amsterdam Historisch Museum:

Price guide:
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357, Amsterdam, 1001 AC
020 523 1822
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; weekends 11am-5pm.

Have you been to Amsterdam Historisch Museum? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

The interactive displays are wonderful and give good, easily understood information about how Amsterdam grew.
We wished we'd been able to spend more time here and will make a return visit next time we visit Amsterdam.