The Amsterdam Historical Museum is a much underrated museum which has interesting displays detailing the city’s history. The adjoining Schuttersgallerij (Civic Guards Gallery) is one of the surprises in the Amsterdams Historisch Museum. In a passage-way between the Kalverstraat and the Begijnhof it is possible to admire fifteen enormous paintings – portraits of the Amsterdam Civic Guards from the 17th Century. This is probably the only place in the world where paintings are simply hanging on display in the street. (They are of course protected by a glass roof.) The most famous painting of the Civic Guard is of course the Nightwatch by Rembrandt which can be admired in the Rijksmuseum. The Schuttersgallerij from the Amsterdams Historisch Museum can be reached via the beautiful gateway on the Kalverstraat.
- Kalverstraat 92, Amsterdam
- Trams 1, 2, 5 (stop: Spui-Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal); 4, 9, 14, 16, 24, 25 (stop: Spui-Rokin)
- Telephone (020) 523 1822
- Website www.amsterdammuseum.nl
- Admission €11 (child: €5)
- Open Mon-Sun 10am-5pm