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Civic Guards Gallery (Schuttersgalerij)

Kalverstraat 92 | Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 359, 1012 PH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 523 1822
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Located in a passageway between the Kalverstraat and the Begijnhof it is possible to admire 15 substantial paintings. These are portraits of the Amsterdam Civic Guards from the 17th Century. Part of, though not actually in, the Amsterdam Historic Museum, this is probably the only place in the world where paintings are displayed in he open air, with only a glass roof to protect them.
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“golden age” (3 reviews)
“free entrance” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Kalverstraat 92 | Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 359, 1012 PH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 523 1822
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

If you don't have time for the adjoining Amsterdam Museum, this is a quick, free, and easy way to get a dose of Dutch history, tradition, and art through the institution of civic guard portraits.

Thank Ohheyman
Reviewed 6 September 2017

in the middle of the busiest shopping street, (Kalverstreet ), you will total relax and space out inthe most tranquil surrounding,imageable trip back to midivil amsterdam

Thank nzvbw346
Reviewed 19 July 2017

this public space is incorporated in the Amsterdam Museum just off the Kalverstraat, this gallery with Baroque pictures connects two streets just off the Kalverstraat

Thank maxmax432
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Painting in old and modern style, in a big long hall, through the Amsterdam Museum, to visit for free!

Thank Henri v
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Just hidden behind one of the most busiest shopping streets in town, De Kalverstraat, and close to the Amsterdam Museum you will find this Civic Guards Gallery. Free for everyone to enter and to enjoy. Take a quick dip into Dutch history before you hit...More

Thank Roel V
Reviewed 1 May 2017

this area ,is so nice and many things are near. there are a market ,on wensday,and saturday ,for stamps and coins. the is a old church in side the garden ,at the end of the gallery. big shopping street ,the centre squar and royal palace...More

Thank jolijt11
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Part of the Amsterdam museum this galley hidden behind the busy Kalverstraat has a free entrance and shows some nice artwork from different centuries (inc. the 20th) of the history of Amsterdam.

Thank werdlerswereld
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Huge paintings of 16th century importantAmsterdam civil servants. And the entrance is free of charge. Before you visit Amsterdam Museum, in the former orphanage of the city.

1  Thank Nino89
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Yes, you will literally walk on art. The carpet you walk on it is an artwork. I always enjoy passing by this place. Once in a periode of time the museum change the collection so I need to show you all what they have this...More

Thank Solodam J
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

My favorite way from the Dam Square to the Spui (or vice versa) is through this passage, where one can see impressive pieces of art without paying an entrance fee.

Thank Philip_Bolster
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of
tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists
and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the
best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe.
Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops
of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones
Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods
such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring
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