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Address: Vijzelstraat 32, 1017 HL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 020-2511510
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Fantastic building, good exhibitions

Beautiful former art deco bank with permanent and temporary exhibitions and cafe. An oasis of calm and culture compared to the madness of the main museums.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Glossop, United Kingdom
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Glossop, United Kingdom
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264 reviews 264 reviews
170 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful former art deco bank with permanent and temporary exhibitions and cafe. An oasis of calm and culture compared to the madness of the main museums.

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Huizen, The Netherlands
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Amsterdam City archives are housed in an old bank. And it has all the charm of a giant vault and what reminds me of an old swimming pool. The bank manager seems to have like dark brown - the lighter the colour of the office, the lower your rank. Plenty of other places in the city with a million times... More 

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Brighton
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163 reviews 163 reviews
36 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I dragged my wife and 8 year old here and I'm glad I did. It's housed in an impressive building and the bank vaults and doors are worth a look in themselves. My favourite part was the UNESCO World Heritage site display in the foyer especially the computer animation of the development of the city. I didn't want to pay... More 

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Auckland
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72 reviews 72 reviews
46 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Apart from the temporary exhibition, this museum was free, and it's worth a visit when you're in Amsterdam. It is a little hard to follow the written content if you don't read Dutch, which I don't, so I read ahead online about what I was going to see. You can see archival information re Anne Frank and Karl Marx, to... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Very nice place to visit! I could enjoy a very nice Fotograf exhibition, and also enjoy the film about Amsterdam in the 60 and the bookstore!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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70 reviews 70 reviews
19 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The Ed van der Elsken street photography exhibition was very interesting and even funny. Another exhibition I once went to about the 400 year old canals was also very interesting and well-displayed. Stadsarchief is a hidden gem, often overlooked because of other world famous museums. If you want an interesting look into Amsterdam's past without the hordes of tourists, this... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Most tourists pass by this large building in the centre of Amsterdam. It is worth a visit for its architectural interest alone, being a monumental converted bank. The old vaults now display treasures from the city's rich archive. Temporary exhibitions are also regularly held here. There is also a very tranquil little cafe where you can escape from the tourist... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This was the last museum we have visited, and we would regret if we had missed it. For me personally it is a must see. It shows the development of the city from the early 17th century, from first plans how to build canals to the moder time plans for restructuring. The exibition is divided into several parts, every part... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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97 reviews 97 reviews
26 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

A fabulous building, with many interesting artefacts and Heineken films and photographs together with items reflecting on the Frank family. Staff friendly and a great shop too that has many items less than in the other shops in town.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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60 reviews 60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

An amazing building set in an old bank. The city achrives offers a nice overview of Amsterdam in the basement (old vaults). The bookshop is amazing everything to do on Amsterdam. The best postcard selection I have seen in Amsterdam. Pop in if in the area.

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