Amsterdam Museum - The History of Amsterdam

Did you know that Amsterdam was first named Amestelledam? Or that the whole city is built on thousands of poles to protect it from sinking into the wet soil? And did you know that a butcher in theMiddle Ages invented a mechanical hoist to pull horses out of the canal because that was a common issue at the time?

If you’re curious about the history of this amazing city, start your vacation with a visit to the Amsterdam Museum!

The Amsterdam Museum is divided into 7 centuries. Their exhibit is called the “Amsterdam DNA Tour” because the key events of their history are highlighted with fascinating details. The tour shows the beginning of the city, the golden age, the reign of Napoleon and the following poverty, the second world war, and Amsterdam being the capital of freedom.

The Amsterdam Museum uses creative methods to make historical events real to us. Animated movies, original film material, photographs, historical artifacts, and activity stations are all included. It takes about an hour to do this tour.

The Amsterdam museum also provides additional galleries with paintings and historical objects.

At the end of your tour through the Amsterdam Museum, you are able to see a video about how the city of Amsterdam grew in size since 1275, when it only consisted of little villages along the Amstel river.  

The Amsterdam museum offers a free section. Come see for yourself!

Amsterdam Museum - Hours

Open: Every Day - 10 am - 5 pm

Exceptions: 1 January (opens at 12 pm); 5, 24, 31 December (open until 4 pm)

Amsterdam Museum - Prices

Adults: 12€

5 - 18 year olds: 6€

CJP, Cultuurkaart, IYTC, Student Card: 9€

Age < 5, I Amsterdam Congress Card, I Amsterdam City Card, ICOM, Museum Card, Holland Pass voucher: Free

Amsterdam Museum - Location


Amsterdam museum         2nd entrance:
Kalverstraat 92                 Sint Luciënsteeg 27
1012 PH Amsterdam        1012 PM Amsterdam

Shelter City Hostel Amsterdam - Amsterdam Museum (a 10 minute walk)

Take the entrance at Kalverstraat.

  1. From the Shelter, turn left and immediately right onto Kloveniersburgwal.

  2. Walk straight until you reach Oudemanhuispoort, walk straight onto it, and turn left when you reach the canal.

  3. Turn right onto Grimburgwal which becomes Langebrugsteeg which becomes Rokin.

  4. At the end of the street, turn right and left onto Watersteeg.

  5. Continue straight until you reach Kalverstraat.

  6. Turn right and walk straight until you reach the Amsterdam Museum.


Shelter Jordan Amsterdam Hostel - Amsterdam Museum (a 15 minute walk)

Take the entrance at Sint Luciënsteeg.

  1. From the Shelter, turn right and right again onto Akoleienstraat.

  2. Walk straight until you reach Elandsgracht, turn left, and follow this street.

  3. Cross Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Singel on Wolvenstraat.

  4. Walk straight on Raamsteeg, cross Spuistraat and follow Rosmarijnsteeg.

  5. Walk straight onto Sint Luciënsteeg until you reach the Amsterdam Museum.


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