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This is the museum dedicated to the bravery of the Dutch Resistance from 1940-45. The exhibits include masses of photographs, original artefacts, illegal newspapers, printing presses etc as well as a library. Some displays are interactive and all info is in Dutch and English.
Adult entrance costs 5 Euro and the museum is open 10-5 Tues-Fri and 12-5 Sat-Mon. Children under 7 go free but it's not really the kind of place that would interest a child so young.
Address: Plantage Kerklaan 61A
Directions: Across the road from the Artis Zoo
For E22.50 for a ticket we saw the controversial Bodies Exhibition at Beurs van Berlage. We hadn't planned to see it and didn't even know it was on but we were in the area and the queue outside seemed to disappear quite quickly so we thought we would have a look.
The bodies are real but due to the various preservation techniques used, they have a bright pink, plasticised appearance... I found it very difficult to accept that they were in fact once real living human beings (99% Chinese males in fact) but they are. There is also a section on human embryos, which comes with a warning and can be easily avoided as it is in a separate area.
The museum is open from 10am to 6pm and on Thursday to Saturday they are open until 10pm. There are lots of assistants around to answer any questions you may have about the exhibition.
Photography is strictly forbidden.
There is a very good and surprisingly reasonably priced cafe here that you can visit without paying an entry to the museum. We had soup and Tortilla and guacamole dip for a few Euro.
Address: Damrak 243
Directions: Towards central station
Other Contact: www.bodiesamsterdam.nl
An exhibition about Istanbul is currently (Feb 07) showing at the Nieuwe Kerk in Dam Square.
More info can be found here:
Nieuew Kerk Istanbul Exhibition
Address: Dam Square
I saw Road to Perdition and Rabbit Proof Fence here... and it was 6.50E for a ticket. I would have paid that just to look around inside without seeing a film... it is absolutely stunning... this building is one of the best things about Amsterdam... It's interior is breathtaking and must be seen!!
The cinema has a sad history too... during WWII many Dutch Jews were rounded up and collected here to be sent on their way to the concentration camps.
Address: ReguliersbeerStraat 26-34
Phone: +31(0)20 623 1510
Music Rises Up
Opened in 1986, the Music Theatre of the Netherlands is here in Amsterdam. They have ballet, opera, theatre and contemporary dance. If I was staying in Amsterdam again I would definitely pay this place a visit!
Feb 07 - I paid this place a visit - not to see a concert but to see the wonderful "Music Rises Up" bronze in the floor of the foyer of the Stopera. It is an amazing work of art - rumoured to be by the Netherland's own Queen Beatrix - whoever created it .. it is just brilliant.
The translation on the plaque reads:
Like the mushroom puts her tender hat,
stormy through the rough forest ground.
So the music rises from the unexpected depths,
up with forces, that break the marble.
Directions: Amstel 3
Phone: 020 - 551 8117
I didn't go in here as I am not a huge fan of old ships and boats... but I was on one of the tour boats when I took the photo :)... anyway.. I guess it would be interesting if you are into all things nautical.
Address: Prins Hendrikkade 108-114
Anne Frank House
Having read the diary at school and again more recently, I knew this was one place I wanted to see. I found it to be a deeply moving experience. We went on a chilly winter morning - there were no queues. If you haven't read the book I suggest that you do before you visit.
We paid 6.50E entry.
Address: Prinsengracht 263
Directions: Grachtengordel West
So called purely because it is on the 11th floor of the old Post Office building - this is now a new and trendy bar/restaurant/nightlife spot right near Centraal Station. It was recommended to me by my VT friend Pieter Jan V, and together with Swanet we took the lift to the 11th floor to see the fabulous views over Amsterdam (and have a drink in the meantime :))
This club is only here temporarily while the building is being renovated, so make sure you fit in a visit if you are in the city!
Directions: Go east from Centraal Station
Phone: +31 206 255 999
If you only visit one art gallery on your visit to Amsterdam... it has to be this one, a gallery dedictated to Van Gogh... There will be hundreds of others around you but you can just lose yourself in the paintings... it's amazing.
From "Vincent" by Don McClean
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps, they'll listen now
Address: Paulus Potterstraat 7
The WoonBoot Museum is a little houseboat dedicated to "how they used to live". It was once a commercial sailing ship built in 1914. It really is quaint and even has a little video area (can't remember what it was showing though!). It was only 2.50E when we went.
It's amazing how they could live, work and raise a family of 10 kids and care for their ageing grandparents in a space no bigger than the average saloon car. They all slept in a cupboard bed and during the day the kids would play with the coal in the cargo hold while mum and dad scrubbed decks, heaved and hoiked tons of coal around probably worked themselves to an early grave. (Ignore this last paragraph it's just my imagination :))
They serve tea , coffee and soft drinks and you can buy postcards and souvenirs in the Museumwinkel - Mrs WoonBoot wouldn't believe her eyes.
Address: Prinsengracht - opp # 296
Phone: 020 4270750
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