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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  • It is incorporated into the University of Amsterdam. It's not big but it's nice, nice to see and organized. It has Egyptian and Roman pieces.
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  • It has some interesting but very poorly exposed pieces. Some showcases you can find things from Egypt with Roman or Greek, the placement does not make much sense. Almost everything is explained in Dutch.
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  • Great museum, I did felt like in Egypt inside, like an archeologist. There were a few people working on some pottery pieces trying to fix them, they talked to us very briefly, that was cool.
  • This museum has a nice archeological collection, from antiquities, to Egyptian artifacts, to the local stuff. They have a "hotspot" where visitors can try their hand a piecing together ceramics from an excavation, which was awesome. The standard collection was organized by theme, as in war, trade, etc, not chronologically, which made it a little difficult to get an oversight. The temporary exhibition was awesome, lots of photos from the beginning of the 20th century and from all over the world. I can only assume they'll replace it with something as interesting. All in all, if you like archeology, it's certainly worth a visit.
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