Allard Pierson, Amsterdam

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The Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam. It is situated at the Oude Turfmarkt 127 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Artifacts from the ancient civilizations of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the Greek World, Etruria, and the Roman Empire are curated and exhibited in this museum.
The name of the Allard Pierson Museum derives from the first professor of classical archaeology at the University of Amsterdam, Allard Pierson (1831–1896). This former clergyman was invited in 1877 to occupy the chair of Aesthetics, Art History, and Modern Languages at the newly founded university. His passion for antiquity, fuelled by his travels to the Mediterranean area, led to his assembling a collection of plaster casts from 1877 to 1895.
The second professor of archeology at the University of Amsterdam, Jan Six, had a large personal collection of books and antique objects. At his death in 1926, the university had interest in acquiring his collection. In 1932, Pierson's son Jan Lodewijk established the Allard Pierson Foundation in order to make the antiquities collection available for research and teaching. The collection was brought to a building on the Weesperzijde in Amsterdam, with the top floor serving as a museum.
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  • 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 comm...  more »
  • Allard Pearson Archaeological Museum. The materials on Dutch archaeology are organized. It's pretty impressive.
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  • A small museum; however, this is a museum of quality over quantity. This museum focuses on the cultural and social activities and contributions of the Greek, Roman and Egyptian peoples. Each piece has detailed information on what the object is and how it was used. If you have a keen sense of archeology , then there is an area where you can piece together shards of pottery from a dig in Amsterdam. Great for kids! And the staff likes to interact with the public. So, don't be shy! The building itself has some lovely views of the canals and the typical street scenes of Amsterdam. And because the museum is centrally located and not busy, it's the perfect place for getting a bit of culture between meals or visiting other parts of the city. The temporary exhibition shows the social life of Amsterdam through the ages. When this review was written, they were doing some renovations and to compensate for the closed off areas, they gave us a free drink coupon for the museum cafe. Definitely worth a visit!
  • Fine museum, not the best curation
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