Allard Pierson
Allard Pierson
3.5
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Neighbourhood: Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
How to get there
  • Waterlooplein • 8 min walk
  • Nieuwmarkt • 9 min walk
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Marlies
Purmerend, The Netherlands66 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Solo
First of all, beautiful building.
Welcoming staff, although they forgot to offer me the audiotour so I had to go back and ask for it.
The audiotour was informative but only available for the temporary exhibition.
The permanent collection was partially on display due to construction work
Still there was plenty to see, and they compensated the construction with a free consumption in the museum cafe.
I will visit again when fully opened.
Written 27 July 2019
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Elizabeth C
Glasgow, UK34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2013 • Friends
An archaeological delight with vast amounts of exhibits from the Egyptian and Greek world. We had ample time for walking through as it was pretty quiet when we were there but just the way we like it. Members of staff were very pleasant and took the time to chat to us.
Written 5 July 2013
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JohnSt_2
The Hague, The Netherlands1,029 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
The Allard Pierson Museum is a museum about the ancient cultures, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and the Near East. Since it is an Amsterdam University collection museum, you will in the lower floor also find an exhibition of the university history.
It has been partly closed for refurbishments and will re-open 18 october 2019 with a new exhibition. During our visit works were in progress and we visited the 2d floor and lower floor. The exhibitions on the second floor are beautiful. It seems that someone kissed this sleeping beauty and re-arranged the collections into themes in new very aesthetic cabinets, well-lighted and objects viewable from wide angles.
The museum has a bookshop and a cafeteria. Sandwiches are freshly prepared as you order. Warmly recommended.
Written 12 October 2019
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Stadam
120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019
We went in this museum just because we saw there is a mummy exhibited. You can also see Greek and Roman stuff. There is a room with pottery fragments where you can assemble them. They also gave us a free coffee in their caffe.
Written 3 May 2020
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David Wingett
London, UK62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Interesting archaeology museum, don't normally like these sort of places, but this one was really good. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Last room is a bit eerie, as they have a bust of the founder in the room, and it's face seems to follow you around the entire room!!!!
Written 25 May 2023
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Tanja S
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia1,366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Solo
I much enjoyed the Eternal Egypt Experience which is shown on a huge screen, providing a 180 degrees view of various sites where pyramids were constructed. Linking the various sites in space and time is a great way to show the subject. A guide talks the audience through the images (20-30 min). There are Dutch tours and tours in English. The images, put together by the Alexandria Library, capturing the bright desert light and the sheer size of the pyramids, are superb! For me it was also a happy reunion; I visited the Cairo/Giza pyramids last spring. A review of current research is also on display, neatly complementing the multimedia show. The building is huge – of course, given the size of some of the sculptures, with marble floors (to bear their weight?) and wood paneling. Lovely! I felt antiquity speaking to me in various ways! There’s a very nice museum café as well, to enjoy a contemporary coffee/come back to base! No pun intended, but the café is in the basement. In short, warmly recommended, making a difference from doing a canal tour and/or viewing windmills. Latter are also warmly recommended, of course!
Written 9 September 2013
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PhoebeMJoburg
Johannesburg14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2013 • Couples
Only had time to see the Egyptology section and the newly opened Eternal Egypt Experience. Really enjoyed it all (especially the interactive presentation). Was fascinating getting a better understanding of the various archaeological digs throughout Egypt. Hopefully will get to see more on the next visit!
Written 21 July 2013
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Paul T
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
There is more open space than actual artifacts on display. Those that are on display have meagre descriptions and it's as if everything is huddled together in a typical non-organized fashion - So common here. There is no engaging leaflets, and a room dedicated to half-finished pottery that is being "worked" on.
Sure, the cafe is quiet, but if I want to sit in solitude, I might as well sit at home.

Save your time and your money, and go to one of the more professional museums who are keen to engage their visitors with their exhibitions.

This. Is a joke.
Written 18 October 2019
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Marina C
Veliky Novgorod, Russia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
The museum is not very large indeed, but still impressive. The collections are very interesting, we spent almost 3 hours looking through them. Also, we had a really nice chat with the archaeologists who work there; they told us a bit about their work and Amsterdam's history.
Written 24 September 2017
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MishDish
Cottonwood, AL8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We when there and there was construction equipment in front the main entrance, but there was NO signs saying it closed. Matter of fact, there was another sign saying the entrance was 20 meters away, SO we went in there but there was NO staff, so my wife & I went up the second floor and started looking around for few minutes until a construction worker told us it was CLOSED.... You would think a Big sign saying the museum is closed OR even someone from "I Amsterdam Card" city card would tell us that....Awful...all the way around....
Written 9 October 2019
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