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Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam


Allard Pierson is an archaeological museum located in the heart of Amsterdam. Run by University of Amsterdam, it has a fine collection of Mediterranean artefacts (pottery, coins, jewellery, statues etc) dating from 4000BC to 1000A.D.

The collection covers finds from Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, the Near East and a range of items from Italy including Roman and Etruscan.

The museum name is derived from Mr Allard Pierson (1831 - 1896), the first professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam - it is still officially part of the university. The museum first opened its doors way back in 1934 at Sarphatistraat but since 1976 has been in its current central location, a grand former bank building.

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The museum collection includes Persian, Etruscan and Cypriot pottery, jewellery and glassware, mummies, statues and everyday household objects unearthed from tombs. The significance of these ancient cultural symbols are explored, as are the ways in which they challenge and shape contemporary European culture.

The museum can be seen in an hour or two. The exhibits are on 2 levels and are well presented with good lighting. Explanations are in Dutch with main summaries in English - however it could probably do with a bit more English labelling for individual items, as is often the case with some museums in Netherlands. The museum is in the process of rebuilding its collection but will remain open to the public.

The Egyptian section is quite fascinating, particularly the exhibits about mummification. Children (and adults) can use a computer to get their name printed out in basic hieroglyphics. There is also a good collection of large plaster cast statues which are copies of sculptures from Greek and Roman periods.

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The museum also holds temporary interactive exhibitions which provides further insights into civilizations around the shore of the Mediterranean during ancient times.

The Allard Pierson is connected to the adjacent Special Collections (Bijzondere Collecties) of University of Amsterdam - there is a museum cafe there as well.

Allard Pierson Museum Essential Info

Opening Times: 1000-1700 (Tue-Fri), 1300-1700 (Sat/Sun). Closed Mondays.

Admission Prices (2018): Adults pay €10, children 4-16/students/seniors 65+ pay €5. Free entry for children 0-3, Museumkaart and Iamsterdam City Card holders.

Getting There: The museum is located on Oude Turfmarkt which runs parallel to Rokin, near the Spui. It is a short walk from Dam Square. From central station it is 10-15 minutes walk or take trams 4, 9, 16 or 24 to Spui.

Allard Pierson Museum, Oude Turfmarkt 127, Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 525 2556


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