The Amsterdam Museum, (formerly known as the Amsterdam Historical Museum), is located in an impressive monumental building that can be entered from Amsterdam's largest shopping street: "De Kalverstraat".
The Amsterdam Museum's exhibitions narrate the history of Amsterdam, - or how the city developed through the ages from it's humble medieval agricultural origins, into the lively trading center and cultural hub it still is today.
The museum has a large and varied collection of historical paintings, books, applied arts, drawings, local archaeological finds and a diversity of artifacts and curiosities representative of both modern and early Amsterdam history.
History of the Amsterdam Museum
The collection of the Amsterdam Museum had it's earliest origins in the "art chambers" kept at the Amsterdam city hall since the 16th century. The art chambers consisted mainly of paintings and objects of historical significance, donated to the city of Amsterdam mainly by it's wealthier citizens. In the nineteenth century parts of this collection were exhibited in the Amsterdam history sections of the then newly founded Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum. It wouldn't be until 1926 that the "Amsterdam Historisch Museum" was opened as a separate historical museum at it's original location: de Waag, Nieuwmarkt.
The museum's current location was originally the setting of a medieval monastery, and from 1579 onwards the city's main orphanage (het Burgerweeshuis). In 1975 it was decided to move the Amsterdam Museum to it's current location, mainly because of spatial concerns.