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Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam

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Address: Oude Turfmarkt 127, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Egyptian antiquities

The Allard Pierson Museum - Amsterdam's archeology museum. The current special exhibition is Sicily Under the Seas - treasures from ancient times recovered from ship wrecks... read more

Reviewed April 24, 2016
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Reviewed April 24, 2016

The Allard Pierson Museum - Amsterdam's archeology museum. The current special exhibition is Sicily Under the Seas - treasures from ancient times recovered from ship wrecks around the coast of Sicily. We are both keen wreck divers so this was an incredible exhibit - we can only imagine the excitement of finding a sculpture on the sea floor. Attached is... More 

Thank JnVSydney
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Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

The museum is small but nice. It has a nice section on underwater archaeology. It also has a good section of Egypt and Greece. But the best section was the Hands-On archaeology where you get to go through and dig through piles of former cesspit material from Holland. I do this with friends or family it's a good short visit.

Thank David B
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed February 12, 2016 via mobile

A little museum of history in the centre of Amsterdam. If your interested in Egyptian sarcophagi and under water discoveries in Sicily then this is the museum for you 😊

Thank Tazie M
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed February 4, 2016

The Allard Pierson always looks a bit unwelcoming despite its prime position on Rokin. I think that is because there are no ground floor windows and there are no clues as to what might be inside. 'Archeological Museum' does sound a bit dry and that corresponds with my memories of my one visit there 20 years ago. I was tempted... More 

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Reviewed December 9, 2015

Although not a large museum it does have some very interesting exhibits both from abroad and artefacts found in the Amsterdam area.

Thank engineerjim
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed December 6, 2015

the museum's collections are not limited to one particular theme or era. They have an Egyptian collection, some prehistoric cities' artifacts, as well as cyclic temporary exhibitions - when I visited it was about naval routes and trades. The ambiance is quite soothing, with spacious exhibits and clear navigation. The basement also has a quaint little tuckshop and souvenir collection.

Thank Adam A
Tallinn, Estonia
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Reviewed November 25, 2015

Loved the Egyptan part of the museum but the other collections are also worth visiting. Good location and very easy to find.

Thank Lihtsalt K
Holiday, Florida
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Reviewed October 13, 2015

The museum is easily reached by public transportation from the Central Railway Station across the street from the Spui stop.The exhibitions are arranged on two floors, the 1st [American 2nd] is devoted to ancient Egypt with galleries for temporary exhibitions and the 2nd [American 3rd] to the art of the Classical World with galleries devoted to the arts of the... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed September 12, 2015

We spent about 90 minutes in this museum. It has a great book collection in the lobby, and some nice audio-visual displays to go along with the collections. The staff was super friendly, even inviting my son to help them sort through the remains of a garbage dump from the 1600s with tweezers! The woman staffing the front desk needs... More 

Thank TheHealthyTraveler
Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed August 30, 2015

This is a small museum that is focused on Egyptian, Roman, Greek historical artifacts. The Egyptian display was quite extensive and very interesting. Quite a few sarcophogi and quite different than this I have seen in some of the leger museums throughout the world. The Roman and Greek displays were also interesting but perhaps not as extensive as the Egypt... More 

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