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“Worth Finding and Spending 10 mins” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Civic Guards Gallery (Schuttersgalerij)

Civic Guards Gallery (Schuttersgalerij)
Kalverstraat 92 | Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 359, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Ranked #222 of 543 things to do in Amsterdam
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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 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 Finding and Spending 10 mins”
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 galleries is basically a large greenhouse type of passage, with 17th century art on one side and modern twists on it on the other. Signage is in English and Dutch, so you understand what you are seeing.

After a 10 - 15 mins here go have a drink, or some lunch at the museums cafe called Mokum I think, very nice.

Access to the gallery is easy, automatic door and carpeted walkway over a cobble or heringbone brick floor. Cafe is accessible and has an accessible loo - costs 50 cents if not eating in cafe.

Visited February 2013
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“A surprising treat”
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 Amsterdam's cafe. Delish!

Visited December 2012
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“Unique”
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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“A surprising spot in Amsterdam - part 2”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2008

As a very curious tourist, I like to quit the normal walking routes and I like to adventure in some backyards or in some corridors. That was what I did, when I saw a gallery, which I thought was a commercial gallery. You enter a patio and a bit further ther is a glass sliding door. Inside that corridor, you can see some of the most beautiful portrets of civic guards and of regents of the institutions. The entrance is free and is a good alternative if you don't have time to visit the Rijksmuseum or another museum.
I really enjoyed thos paintings

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