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Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam

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Address: Oude Turfmarkt 127, 1012 GC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 31 20 52 52 556
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DWDD popup collection is OK, rest too much similar little stuff

Currently the Allard Pierson museum temporary hosts a special collection that has been gathered by several co-hosts of major Dutch talkshow (De Wereld Draait Door). Artifacts from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

The collection is quite good. However, there are not enough captions in English. I found this to be frustrating. The special exhibit, "Keys to Rome" had English-language captions.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Currently the Allard Pierson museum temporary hosts a special collection that has been gathered by several co-hosts of major Dutch talkshow (De Wereld Draait Door). Artifacts from storage of several Dutch museum have been selected and are on display. This has been done very nicely. The rest of the fixed collection is about Rome and Greece and comprises lots of... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Amidst the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam, the Allard Pierson Museum offers a daily life insight in ancient worlds. Easy to be reached and opposite (diagonally) of a Canal Boat pier, trams stop close by and the Flowermarket is withing walking distance, for those tulip bulbs you wanted to get. This museum has been on my list for a while... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This is part of the University and has both a permanent archaeological display as well as a pop up art section. Parts are in English and the rest in Dutch. Not a bad way to fill an hour. I didn't like to see full size replicas of the Caryatids from Athens, nor the Lion's Gate from Mycenae. I have seen... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Interesting collection of objects-especially the Persian(Iranian) and Cyprus items. However, the collection is poorly organized and poorly explained, with context taking priority over simple chronology. It's not worth the money and pales in comparison to Amsterdam's other museums. Unless you're dead-set on seeing archaic object, it's not worth the time or the expense.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

The exposition on Rome is interesting in itself but the way the museum is still old fashion and not modernised is boring and makes it not worth the visit unless you really are interested in Rome in ancient days. The museum can get a lot more visitors if they take a more interactive approach, which will allow it to be... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

When you love archaeology, it's worth it to visit this museum. It has a permanent exhibition of the ancient things from Egypt, Greece, Roman and some other (old) kingdoms. 'Keys to Rome' is the current exposition till March 15, 2015. The building self is beautiful. It is University of Amsterdam's museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

"Keys to Rome" (or so) was the current interactive exposition. Also a computer where one can print a name in ancient Egyptian letters. That was fun. It was good but I've seen better museums with this theme in Germany or England. More interaction and/or different media/presentation and I'd go again. General advice for (a lot of) museums in the Netherlands:... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

I have visited museums of every type all around the world. I have a general knowledge of the eras shown at this museum but I didn't find very much interesting because the displays simply haven't been updated to current museum standards in decades. They could probably take away half of the objects and give greater attention to the fewer "more... More 

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

It was only our interest in archaeology that made us determined to find this museum as it is completely hidden with no signage anywhere around it, the nearby streets or route from station. The exhibits are very interesting but dated signage and lack of English made it difficult for us to examine the displays. Unfortunately the key interest for us... More 

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