on August 27, 2006
The Amsterdam Historisch Museum traces the history of the city through archaeological finds, paintings, artefacts, and personal testimony.It is fascinating how the city developed from small settlements on raised pieces of land by the side of the Amstel river through the reclamation of land, building of canals, conflicts with Spain, France and England, the growth and importance of trade, migration from both Holland and beyond to the multi-cultural city of today. Phew! There is a lot to take in but the exhibits are clearly labelled in both Dutch and English and some are interactive, although we did find the layout of the galleries a little confusing at times.We particularly enjoyed the recreation of a Jordaan brown cafe, the paintings in the Civil Guard Gallery, the Delft Flower Vases and the very personal exhibits of some of those people who have made Amsterdam their home. Well worth a visit.Open: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sun 11pm-5pm.
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