Allard Pierson

heritage museum and knowledge institute

Internationally renowned heritage collections of the University of Amsterdam

allard pierson

The Allard Pierson is the museum and knowledge institute for the heritage collections of the University of Amsterdam

Internationally renowned collections in the areas of archaeology, the history of books, Jewish culture, church history, cartography, literature, graphic design and zoology.


Building

The heritage collections are housed in buildings with a history.

The Allard Pierson* is located on the banks of the Amstel River in the former headquarters of De Nederlandsche Bank, the Dutch central bank.

You can, for example, still see the rails from the quay to the entrance hall, for the trolleys loaded with money.

Collections

Location

The museum is housed in historical buildings between Rokin street and Muntplein square at the heart of the Old City Centre of Amsterdam.


* Allard Pierson (1831-1896) was one of the most progressive thinkers, theologian and (art) historian of the 19th century. He was born into a prosperous Amsterdam family.

Exhibitions

The permanent exhibition 'From the Nile to the Amstel' take you on a journey through 10,000 years of cultural history.

The trip begins in Ancient Egypt and ends – once the extensions are complete – in the Amsterdam of today.


online exhibition

exhibition

28 January 2021 - 31 December 2021


more impressions

Roman collection

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Portrait head of a young man, Roman head sculpture in bronze, 3rd century AD

Cartography collection

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Antique map Orbis terrae compendiosa descriptio by Rumoldus Mercator (1587)

Roman collection

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Mosaic sheep, fragment, from Syria/Antioch, 450-500 AD

Roman collection

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Mummy portrait of a girl (painting), 50-75 AD

Circus collection

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Affiche of Circus Carl Hagenbeck - Dompteur/lion/tiger/ice bear/bear (1920), bu Adolph Friedländer

Jewish Cultural History collection /
Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana

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Sefer Or Zarua: Hebrew ritual code by Isaac ben Moses of Vienna, completed in Southern Germany around 1260. Hs. Ros. 3.
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Roman collection

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Etruscan wrapped child, swaddled infant, 300-100 BC

Graphic collection

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Jan van den Velde, Mirror of the Arts of Writing, Rotterdam 1605

Egyptian collection

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Head of Mummy Box,

Egyptian collection

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Hieroglyphic script

Greek collection

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Columnar crater, early 5th century BC

History of the Middle Ages collection

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Manuscript of Caesar's De bello Gallico created by Benedictine monks in Fleury, Southern France (9th century)

Coptic textile collection

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Woollen outer tunic, 300-1000 AD

Exact science collection

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Measuring apparatus developed by the phonetician Hendrik Zwaardemaker, 1920-1930