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Amsterdam City Archives

Vijzelstraat 32, 1017 HL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 251 1510
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Vijzelstraat 32, 1017 HL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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+31 20 251 1510
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Reviewed May 7, 2017

Enjoyed seeing all of the vintage photos from the period 1940 - 1945. This a trying time in Amsterdam. The photos help the viewer understand better what happened in the city. Lest we forget and repeat the mistakes, this is a very timely exhibition. In...More

Thank Paul L
Reviewed December 30, 2016 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.

1  Thank Murray S
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...More

1  Thank Jerome L
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...More

2  Thank websterier
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...More

Thank Lycialu
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....More

Thank LWL3333
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...More

Thank teddy1998
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...More

2  Thank RHAHJ
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...More

1  Thank Sheron B
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...More

2  Thank Alfred V
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