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Civic Guards Gallery (Schuttersgalerij)

Kalverstraat 92 | Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 359, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Ranked #121 of 306 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: History Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located in a passageway between the Kalverstraat and the Begijnhof it is possible to admire 15 substantial paintings. These are portraits of the... more » Owner description: Located in a passageway between the Kalverstraat and the Begijnhof it is possible to admire 15 substantial paintings. These are portraits of the Amsterdam Civic Guards from the 17th Century. Part of, though not actually in, the Amsterdam Historic Museum, this is probably the only place in the world where paintings are displayed in he open air, with only a glass roof to protect them. « less
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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

I don't much like these dark paintings of the civic defense groups from the 1600's shown here. At least they are shown in the sunshine rather than in the bowels of some dark museum display room. However, I do like them better than the mostly religious paintings that preceded them.

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Nagoya, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

While I love the fact that this is a free gallery, it's not the only reason why I enjoyed here. The Dutch Golden Age is filled with amazing paintings, and you should really come at least here on your visit to Amsterdam to get a good glimpse of what is available. Maybe doesn't compete with the Rijksmuseum, but great art... More

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Perth Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Along Kalverstraat, just near the Amsterdam Museum is the Schuttersgalerij (Civil Guards Gallery). It’s a thoroughfare that serves as a small gallery. There are a number of artworks in various mediums, some of the pieces are “Golden Age” paintings; some are very modern, some shows the Dutch sense of humour. Then you have the 1650 amusement park wooden statues of... More

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

located next to the museum but with a free entrance, you can have a taste of the dutch paintings before or after you visit one of the highlighted museums

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liverpool, england
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Went back to the Schuttersgalerij in October 13 with my 2 teenage sons, their first trip to Amsterdam, and we were pleased to see that there are now, just outside the gallery/Amsterdam Museum, a set of mini Iamsterdam letters. The lads had fun posing infront, and on them, before we spent about 20 mins in the gallery and then in... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

This is another favourite highlight on walking tours through Amsterdam. The whole town is a living museum but this public passageway with its 400 year old group portraits is something special. It's without charge. You can just cruise on through or take a closer look at the faces or at the shoes. Did you notice the way those shoes point... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Located next to the Amsterdam Museum, the Civic Guard Gallery is a small collection of free works of art. It highlights people who have contributed to Amsterdam's culture. It will take you about 10-20 minutes to see everything in here but is definitely worth a visit if going to Amsterdam Museum or if exploring the area.

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liverpool, england
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Not many places in Amsterdam are free but this is one; Had tried to locate it on a previous visit and didnt realise we had walked right past the entrance - thought it was part of the Museum of Amsterdam that is right nextdoor -and I mean, the entrance is the next door, it is on the same site. The... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We love cutting through this little hallway/gallery as we walk towards city centre. next to the Museum of Amsterdam, this hallway holds amazing, free artwork you can soak in...did I mention it is free? The art is always changing and after you have viewed what the gallery holds - I would recommend a little light lunch at the Museum of... More

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Huizen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

Is there anywhere in the world where you can walk past 17 century mega-paintings without having to pay for it. I rest my case

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