"Amsterdam Historical Museum" Amsterdam Museum Tip by yooperprof

Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam: 41 reviews and 88 photos


Interesting for local history! I'm a history buff (and a historian) so of course it was natural for me to pay a visit to this excellent regional museum. Amsterdam is a city with a great and important past, and the local museum portrays its diverse and rich past in an interactive and convincing manner. I especially liked the profusion of maps and dioramas that portrayed the relationship of the city to its environment, both physical and human, over the centuries. It really becomes clear how "clever" the Dutch have been (and Amsterdammers in particular) at making the best of their situation!

Coming the museum here also helped me to understand the peculiar relationship of Amsterdam to the rest of the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the largest and most important city, but it's not the government center - and it's also far from being a Royal city in the manner of a London or a Copenhagen. Amsterdammers have always been proud and bourgeous - rich through trade and commerce - and always have something of a difficult relationship with the rest of the country. And something of a difficult relationship with the Dutch monarchy, too!

One of my favorite exhibits though focused upon the development of the monarchy in the 19th and 20th centuries. The monarchy probably would not have survived had it not been for the resourcefulness and ingenuity of its long period of Queens: Wilhelmina, Juliana and now Beatrix. So interesting to see how Queens Day is celebrated here - even (or especially) in the gay clubs of the Rokin!

Address: Kalverstraat 92
Phone: +31-20-5231822
Website: http://www.ahm.nl

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 11, 2008
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