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“Waiting Room.....” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam

Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam
Oude Turfmarkt 127, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
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Ranked #95 of 303 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: History Museums
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Waltham Abbey, Nazeing, Essex
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“Waiting Room.....”
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 sweet little wood panelled room with two victorian armchairs and a coffee table with books on Troy (in English) - a lovely place to sit and relax. This we did and wondered what the room once was with its bronze umbrella stands and stained glass... Hilarious thing was with us sitting in this small room people walking past one by one kept walking into the room, quickly realised there was nothing in it but us and desperately tried to find something to look at before rushing out again.... You had to be there!! But it bought us to tears of laughter after a number of people awkwardly experienced "the waiting room" and then walked out of our lives forever - It was Priceless....

Visited April 2013
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Lakeside, AZ
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“Not much to it”
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.

Visited December 2012
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“Unexpected delightful antiquities”
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 again. Also excellent is the Etruscan and Roman collection. Well worth several hours. Not all things are labelled in English. Buy the guidebook in English which is a good read in itself. Cafe has good coffee and cakes. Central location and easy to find.

Visited December 2012
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Flobecq, Belgium
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“Allard Pierson museum”
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 to the object was mostly the only thing that was mentioned about an object or a group of objects. So I wonder what non-specialist learn by visiting the museum.
The exhibition of Troy was much better. There was a lot of explanation and interaction with the visitor. I hope this new way of presenting artefacts and stories to the people will be used to modernise the permanent collection of the museum.

Visited December 2012
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Durban South Africa
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“No English Audio Tour”
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.

Visited June 2012
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