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Amsterdam museum praised by The Guardian

A popular institution in Amsterdam has been praised in an article by The Guardian newspaper, which has included it in a coveted list of the best free museums in Europe.


The article, which can be read by clicking the link below, states that the artefacts on display at the Amsterdam Stadsarchief can help visitors gain an accurate understanding of city’s history, as the collection includes a great deal of fascinating archival material relating to Amsterdam’s past.


The Guardian has nothing but admiration for the institution, listing it alongside the likes of the Berlin Wall Memorial, Copenhagen’s National Museum and the Berardo Collection Museum in Lisbon.


Amsterdam is already very well known for its wealth of cultural sights, with its many landmarks and art galleries just some of the features which lead to millions opting to discover the capital of the Netherlands every year, whether through a city break or on a European river cruise.


With the museum’s archives offering an insight into centuries of local history, the high praise being offered in the Guardian is very much deserved. The institution is also home to a number of artistic masterpieces, with ‘Girls along Prins Hendrikkade’ and ‘Portrait of an Elderly Lady’ two of the more famous examples; the latter is believed to have been painted by Johan Thopas of Zaandam between 1650 and 1660.


Housed in former investment bank


The museum is located in The Basel, a building constructed between 1919 and 1926 which was formerly the headquarters of the Nederlandsche Handel-Maatscappij (the Netherlands Trading Society).


The building is particularly striking because of its size compared to other structures in the area, with its ten storeys double the size of the majority of canal houses nearby.


Well worth a visit for history enthusiasts during their next river cruise holiday, the Amsterdam Stadsarchief is open from 10am-5pm Tuesday-Friday, and 12noon until 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.


Source: 10 of the best free museums in Europe


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