When visiting Amsterdam Historical Museum look at the building itself from outside first. This complex dates back to 15th century when it served as an orphanage. It was extended in 17th century when the city was blooming the most and gained its riches in trade. 17th century became know as golden age and some of the most interesting exhibits come from this period. However, the museum shows all from real beginning and drying the area to building this city below the sea level.
There are countless fascinating details about this old city and its people. The collection consists of paintings, prints, marquettes, objects, and archaeological finds, and shows how Amsterdam grew from a small medieval town to a world famous centre. The permanent exhibition, which is continually being added to with temporary exhibitions, also has a important selection of porcelain and silver.
Walking through the museum could be a bit of maze as you keep going up and down the stairs around complex's inner courtyards. Fortunately different periods are clearly signposted so you can choose which period you want to visit and you can find it easily. You can also take a Grand Tour through Amsterdam's entire history, with a multimedia map.
The two museum entrances can be accessed from Kalverstraat 92, Sint Luciënsteeg 27 and Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357. The museum is a twelve-minute walk from Amsterdam's Central Station, via Damrak, Dam Square and Kalverstraat.
For more details, opening hours and entrance fee visit www.ahm.nl.