/ Amsterdam / Places to Visit / Amsterdam City Archives
Housed in the monumental Brick Expressionism style De Bazel, the Amsterdam City Archives preserves official documents, letters, photos, drawings, maps, prints and audio-visual records tracing the history of the city.
Housed in the monumental Brick Expressionism style De Bazel, the Amsterdam City Archives preserves official documents, letters, photos, drawings, maps, prints and audio-visual records tracing the history of the city. Highlights include the Westerkerk burial register recording the burial of Rembrandt van Rijn on 8 October 1669; the book containing the excommunication of 17thcentury philosopher Spinoza; an 18thcentury trade agreement between the city and the newly founded United States of America; a letter from Charles Darwin to Artis Royal Zoo from 1868; archives of Heineken, De Bijenkorf and the Concertgebouw; letters from Mahatma Gandhi; the 1942 report of the theft of Anne Frank’s bicycle, and a 1976 portrait of Dutch entrepreneur Freddy Heineken.
The Stadsarchief also organizes exhibitions, tours of the collection, and archival film screenings.
Vijzelstraat 32, 1017 HL Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Museum Van Loon is a 17thcentury canal-house alongside the Keizersgracht, named after the Van Loon family that resided here in the 19th-20th century
The KattenKabinet or Cat Cabinet is a cat museum displaying feline art from times long before lolcats and Grumpy Cat took over the internet
The Bloemenmarkt is the world's only floating flower market, with florists and garden shops set up on moored barges on the Singel between Muntplein and Koningsplein
The Amstel River is an arterial waterway in Amsterdam, flowing over a 31 kilometre route from its origins at the confluence of Aarkanaal and Drecht into the IJ Bay
The Torture Museum is certainly offbeat, with exhibits showcasing the history of different torturous techniques used over the centuries
The Civil Guards Gallery or Schuttersgalerij houses portraits of 17th-century Dutch aristocrats
The Allard Pierson Museum, run by the University of Amsterdam, houses a Mediterranean archaeological collection of antiquities, art and artifacts from 4000 BC to 500 AD, including exhibits from ancient Egypt, the Near East, ancient Greece and Mesopotamia, Etruria, and the Roman Empire
The Spui Square in Amsterdam hosts a weekly outdoor art market on Sundays, where a group of about 25 contemporary Dutch and foreign artists from SAIA’s (Stichting Amsterdam International Artists) pool of 60 display their works
Rembrandtplein, named after the famous Dutch artist, has a statue of the painter in the middle
The Begijnhof is one of the oldest inner courts in Amsterdam that formerly housed Catholic Beguines and is now a home for needy women