Amsterdam Museum, the city’s historical museum

The Amsterdam Museum allows you to discover the history of the city through multimedia exhibitions. It also houses beautiful works by Rembrandt.

The Amsterdam Museum, called Amsterdams Historisch Museum in Dutch, is located in the centre of Amsterdam, not far from the Beghijnhof and 5 minutes from Dam Square, and houses wonderful art treasures.

Amsterdam DNA, the museum’s permanent exhibition, will take you through a thousand years of the city’s history through 7 main periods. Highlights are Dr Deyman’s Anatomy Lesson and the portrait of Saskia van Uylenburgh, both painted by Rembrandt.

For 400 years, the Historical Museum building housed Amsterdam’s municipal orphanage and this historical memory lives on in Het Kleine Weeshuis, the Little Orphanage, an area where families with children from 4 years old and up can discover with great imagination and fun what life was like inside this building in the 17th century.

Currently under renovation, the Museum is housed in theHermitage Amsterdam building at Amstel 51.

The Collections

The museum’s temporary exhibitions focus on the recent history of the city, its inhabitants, crafts, religions, urban subcultures and the fanaticism for the Ajax sports team.

Celebrating Amsterdam’s diversity is the work of artist Barbara Broekman, a carpet made of textile objects from the 179 nationalities present in the city.

A small interactive exhibition in the museum’s attic allows visitors to listen to the music boxes of Amsterdam.

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Useful information


Amstel 51, 1018 EJ Amsterdam, Netherlands


TEL: +31 20 523 1822


  • Monday: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tuesday: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wednesday: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thursday: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00


Metro stops

  • Waterlooplein (229 mt)

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