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"Amsterdams Historisch Museum - III. Regenten." Amsterdam Museum Tip by breughel

Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam: 42 reviews and 94 photos

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The museum changed name on 1/01/2011 and is now called Amsterdam Museum.

Being housed in the former civic orphanage, the Amsterdam Historical Museum kept the "Regenten kamer", where the governors of the "Burgersweeshuis" orphanage held their meetings, as it was at the end of the 19th.c. with furniture and paintings of the 17th.c.
The museum has a number of items, mainly paintings, on display concerning this aspect of the "social security" in Amsterdam some centuries ago. At this civic orphanage were only admitted children from "poorters" or burghers of the city.
Other children were accommodated in the many religious orphanages.
Plague epidemics in those times left many orphans. A numbers of paintings show how they were dressed in a red and black uniform, fed, their daily life.
Surprising is too see that children did drink beer at table. It was a beer with a very low alcohol degree, by the brewing process and cooking of the grain most bacteria's present in the water were destroyed so that it was less dangerous for health to drink beer than just water. The orphans' diet was generous and there was low mortality.
The orphanages were run by a set of regents or regentesses who were almost without exception individuals appointed from the Amsterdam elite. Matrons were responsible for the daily running.

A number of large paintings show the regents or regentessen. Remarkable are the paintings "Clothing the Orphans in the Deaconate Orphanage" 1657 by Jan Victors and "Regenten" by Cl. Moyaert.

Open: Monday to Friday 10 - 17 h
Saturday and Sunday 11 - 17 h
Price (2011): 10 €,
6 - 18 yr 5€
Free with museum card (can be bought here).

Address: Kalverstraat 92
Directions: Between Dam and Spui
Phone: +31-20-5231822

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 23, 2011
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