Rijks Museum, The Masterpieces
The museum is not fully open for a few more years as it is having extensive refurbishment but there is a section still available for a
reasonable €10 entrance fee (under 18s are free). Situated near the Leidesplein area the museum is open daily from 9 till 6pm and 9 till 8.30pm on a
Friday. The Netherlands were very powerful in the 17th century and in the eighty years war between 1568 and 1648 the Dutch expelled the Spanish rulers
and became an independent state. Merchants amassed fortunes and art flourished. The Masterpieces collection offers a great insight in the wealth of the
Netherlands. Over 400 masterpieces are on show along with a wealth of silverware delftwear and civic pieces. When you go to the museum look out for the free leaflet that shows all the other smaller museums of Amsterdam it lists another 28 and has a map to help you find them.
Ons Lieve Heer op Solder
Ons Lieve Heer op Solder translated means Our Lord in the Attic and this is what this meusem is, a seventeenth century town house with a church in the attic. Situated in the red light area just along from the old church this is definetly a must see on your visit to Amsterdam. Entry is only €5 and you get a very good guide pamphlet for that. Open Monday to Saturday 10am till 5pm and Sunday and bank holidays 1pm till 5pm. Its closed on the 1st Jan and 30th April. In 1661 Jan Hartman a merchant from Germany bought three adjacent houses one directly overlooking the canal and two houses behind. The house is a rare example and one of a few to survive very like its original state. In the seventeeth century Catholic masses were officially banned but the protestant governors of Amsterdam turned a blind eye provided the church was not recognisable from the outside. The church in the attic was constructed in 1661-1663 in the three attics of the buildings. The church remained open until 1887 when the Great St Nicolas church was opened. The church is still used today for weddings, Christmas and on the first Sunday of each month.
Museum of Bags and Purses
Now in complete contrast is the Museum of Bags and Purses. It covers three floors detailing the history and evolution of all the different bags up to
the present day. Now donít dismiss the museum and give it a go, it is truly fascinating showing how the dress attire of the day dictated the changing
style of transporting your personnel goods around. With lots of English descriptions it will pass a good hour and the museum has a nice cafť for a
cup of coffee when the feet canít take any more. The modest entry fee of 6 euros was well spent.
Bijbels Museum (Biblical Museum)
The museum is located in two joined houses dating back to 1662. The building contains architectural features as well as a varied collection of artefacts
including the 19th century model of the Tabernacle.
click here for the official website.