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Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam

Oude Turfmarkt 127, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
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The Netherlands
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54 reviews 54 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

The building is nice to visit, the exhibition is good, modern views on archaeology, pity the way it is presented is somewhat oldfashioned. If you are interrested in archaeology, this is a good museum. Check for the special exhibitions as they can be very good. Keep the plan close at hand as you can get lost or miss that part... More

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Brisbane
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110 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

I went to check out the Egyptian artifacts and was excited by the Troy Exhibit as well. Pick up an English translation booklet for Troy so you know what you are looking at.Great display for Ancient History lovers

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Waltham Abbey, Nazeing, Essex
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Beautiful old historical building now connected to the University of Amsterdam. We visited the Troy exhibition and it was well worth the visit. Nice convenient locker room at the entrance to dump your coat and bags and a polite and helpful lady on the main reception desk. We used our IAMSTERDAM cards to enter free of charge. There is a... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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22 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

I love archeology and make it a point to visit archeological museums when I travel. There is really not much to recommend the Allard Pierson. Large collection of small artifacts. Some nice reproductions of larger pieces. I did enjoy the Etruscan rooms very much. Almost no English text for explanation. Average museum in a city full of much better offerings.

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London
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13 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

The Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam. The antiquities collection is excellent for a medium sized museum and displayed and interpreted very well, at least for us as non-specialists. Things that one probably knows well, like the Egyptian artefacts, are done in a new light that repays taking the time to look at them... More

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Flobecq, Belgium
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

First off all I need to tell that I am an archaeologist, which probably affects my story. The collection itself has a lot of great objects. Like people already mentioned the Egyptology collection is small but nice. But I was very disappointed about the text panels. There was not really a story it was just chronological exposed. The signs next... More

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Durban South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Good exhibits of ancient Egyptian artefacts but really for specialist interests and academics. The museum was empty which tells you how limited it is! No English audio tour available, which would have made a big difference, and very few English explanations next to exhibits.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

The Allard Pierson Egyptology collection is one of the finest of the smaller collections I have seen. Many of the artefacts were given by Sir William Flinders Petrie to the university for teaching purposes. Among the artefacts are a beautifully carved Pre-dynastic ivory or bone lion gaming piece and a tiny but exquisite Amarna head. More substantial spieces from Oxyrhynchus... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

This seems to be the main museum of archaeology in Amsterdam. You'll probably walk past it on the way from Dam Square to Rembrandtplein. It has a good collection of artefacts, particularly from Egypt and the Near East, and when I visited it was much less busy than other museums in the city. There's a nice cafe and shop, and... More

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Liverpool
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

This rather exceeded my modest expectations - when I went in December 2011, there was an extensive temporary exhibition on the Etruscans which was well worth while. I spent most of the rest of my time in the permanent Egyptian gallieries, which were stuffed with lots of interesting high-quality pieces. So much so, in fact, that I didn't get round... More

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