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Address: Kalverstraat 92 | Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 359, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Located in a passageway between the Kalverstraat and the Begijnhof it...

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.

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worth spending a few minutes to take a look

For me, the civic guard pictures are a little boring but they do try to mix it up a little with a variety of extra exhibits. The small courtyard off the passageway is often missed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2014

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Part of the Amsterdam Museum, the Civic Guards Gallery has always been a favourite spot to visit. It is the only freely accessible "museum street" in the world. Originally filled with group portraits from the 17th and 18th century, a thorough restoration in 2011 changed the concept a bit. A presentation about the orphanage (part of the museum's complex) was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Here are the wealthy citizens of the city, who traditionally belonged to the Civic Guard and spent their free times on a shooting range practicing their musket shooting abilities. Usually, this was primarily a social occasion - to meet, talk and drink beer. These portraits were commissioned each year to commemorate civic guard service and charity work. Each of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

For me, the civic guard pictures are a little boring but they do try to mix it up a little with a variety of extra exhibits. The small courtyard off the passageway is often missed but it does have some interesting exhibits - often done by schoolchildren. Check out the pictures below in the J Solodam's review which are great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

It is always be fine to cross this passage when I was in the city centre. Not only quicker walking from Kalverstraat to the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal to catch the tram but it is also enjoyable passing all those artworks. This gallery is part of the Amsterdam Museum. There are some paintings of the golden age but also modern paintings. One... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

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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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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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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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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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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