The Allard Pierson Museum is Amsterdam's own museum of Western antiquity. Named for a 19th-century professor of Art History and Modern Letters, Allard Pierson's modest collection of plaster casts were, in retrospect, the museum's first acquisitions. His successor, Jan Six, broadened the inchoate collection with literature and artifacts that he used for his lessons. It wasn't until Prof. Six's death in 1926, however, that the Allard Pierson Foundation united the men's collections in a modest attic museum.
The museum procured another sizable bundle of acquisitions in the 1920s, when a banker, avid collector and victim of the economic crisis sold his private collection to the foundation. The foundation then bestowed these new acquisitions on the university, with the mandate that the collection be open to the public; since then, it's entertained and educated tens of thousands of visitors.
What's to See at the Allard Pierson Museum:
Ancient history buffs will be captivated by this university museum and its wide variety of Mediterranean antiquities, both in its permanent collections and the shrewdly-chosen loans in its popular temporary exhibitions. The permanent collections showcase the major classical civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean: Egypt, the Near East, Greece, Cyprus, Etruria and Rome.
Temporary exhibits focus on special topics within these ancient civilizations, with a consistent emphasis on Greece. A 2005-2006 exhibit that restored the color to ancient Greek and Etrustan statues was an especial hit, which drew 40,000 visitors. Current exhibits are posted on the Allard Pierson Museum web site, and are sure to pique the interest of ancient history enthusiasts.
Allard Pierson Museum Visitor Information
Oude Turfmarkt 127
1012 GC Amsterdam
Phone: +31 (0)20 525 2556
- Open Tues–Fri, 10am–5pm; Sat, Sun and holidays, 1–5 p.m.
- Closed Mon, Jan 1, Apr 27 and Dec 25.
- Adults: € 10
- Children 4–16: € 5
- Children under 4: Free
- Seniors (65+) and students (with ISIC): € 5
- I amsterdam City Card holders: Free
- Admission fee includes entrance to the University of Amsterdam's Bijzondere Collecties (Special Collections).
- Take tram line 4, 9, 14 16, 24 or 25 or bus 355, 357, 359, 361 or 363 to the "Spui" stop. Cross the canal to the east of the bus stop (to the side where Redeij P. Kooij is situated), then follow Oude Turfmarkt south to number 127.