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Amsterdam City Archives

Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Address: Vijzelstraat 32, 1017 HL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Historical exhibits

Currently showing photos of Amsterdam around 1900. Many of construction going on at this rapidly expanding time. Plus everyday life photos and some early colour glass slide... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Murray S
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Currently showing photos of Amsterdam around 1900. Many of construction going on at this rapidly expanding time. Plus everyday life photos and some early colour glass slide photos. Also an exhibtion of photos from the same camera taken in 1950s and 2016.

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The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016 via mobile

There is (at the moment) a great photo exhibition on Amsterdam in the City Archives, in Amsterdam running until Feb 2017. You will taken back in the days, early 20th century. Amazing how Amsterdam was back then. Access available with the museum card or just a few euros. The interior of the lower levels (-1&-2) is superb. It's worth a... More 

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Haifa District, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

I was looking for information about my aunt and family that used to live in Holland and was expelled to Awshvitz Poland at 1943. I got very useful help from the staff that I couldn't get by the internet. I hope that with this clues I could go farther with my investigation.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

The archives had some interesting pictures to see on the top floor and a pretty cool exhibit on the bottom floors. All of the information is in Dutch, so come with google translate or a Dutchie to translate for you. The movie theater downstairs had really cool black and white videos of Amsterdam throughout the years with no speaking, so... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016

We spent a couple of hours at this free Dutch history lesson this afternoon. The historic exhibits were very interesting although all those on the lower levels are in Dutch only. If there had been English interpretations I would have given this attraction 5 stars. Those exhibits on the lower levels are within a gorgeously decorated unused bank vault. They... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2016

We were staying nearby and dropped in to see the basement. The doors to the vault are very cool indeed and the vaults are architecturally interesting. As is to be expected, the archives are in Dutch but there are photographs and maps that are accessible to non-Dutch visitors. There is also an interesting set of photographs on display at entry... More 

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2016

Apart from special exhibitions (now one about Van Gogh's time in Amsterdam, before he became a painter) this attraction is for free. In a monumental building one finds important documents for the history of Amsterdam, including a document of Satisfaction, agreeing that Amsterdam was allowed to remain Catholic for its support in the rebellion against the Spanish, a document registering... More 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2016

The archive is held in a converted bank and has regular themed exhibitions using items from the collection. We went to see the Van Gogh exhibition, based on his time spent in Amsterdam. Really well presented and ver interesting, I learnt more about Van Gogh's family and personal relationships, saw his handwritten letters....teeny, tiny handwriting...and realised that he must have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2015

The Amsterdam City Archives (Dutch: Stadsarchief Amsterdam) preserves documents pertaining to the history of Amsterdam and provides information about the city. With archives covering a shelf-length of about 49 kilometres, the Amsterdam City Archives is the largest municipal archive in the world. The building they are housed in is the Bazel, originally built for the (predecessor of the) ABN AMRO... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2015

The Amsterdam City Archives is a beautiful building that they have put a lot of work into restoring to its former glory. They have a fantastic research area for genealogy, and the staff is very friendly. The UNESCO exhibit of UNESCO sites in Netherlands was a treat. One downside was that the main exhibit was only in Dutch, so although... More 

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