Abraham de Vries - Portrait of the regents of the Amsterdam city orphanage in 1633 © Public Domain
Housed in a lovely 17th-century building that was formerly an orphanage, the Historical Museum explores Amsterdam's development from a small medieval settlement along the river into a thriving modern city. The museum's galleries showcase the progress of each century, with particular emphasis given to Holland's Golden Age. The museum provides a showpiece of Dutch Master paintings, archaeological discoveries, gold, silver, glass, earthenware and other artefacts. It is an extremely popular and interesting museum which generally receives rave reviews from tourists. Visitors should allow at least two to three hours to explore as the exhibition is large - there are also frequent temporary exhibitions. There is a pleasant little museum cafe selling refreshments which is worth checking out, and an outdoor iamsterdam display which is popular for photographs. The museum fee also covers entry to the Civic Guards Gallery. This is a glass-roofed gallery stretching between Kalverstraat and the Begijnhof, lined with portraits of Amsterdam's Civic Guards dating back to the 17th century.
Address: Kalverstraat 92
Transport: 10-minute walk from Central Station; tram 1, 2, 5 to Spui; or tram 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 and 25 to Rokin
Opening times: Open every day from 10am to 5pm. Closed on some public holidays.
Admission: €12 (adults), €6 (children aged 5 to 18).