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Civic Guards Gallery (Schuttersgalerij)

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Address: Kalverstraat 92 | Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 359, 1012 PH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

Located in a passageway between the Kalverstraat and the Begijnhof it is...

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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Free of charge and fun to see

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... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 the shops again. Beuatiful paintings and art objects including a short historical explanation.

Thank Roel V
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 on the DAM. there are some museums near by as well many places to eat... More 

Thank jolijt11
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
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
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 387 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 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 time. It worths walking through it. Free of charge. Btw, ask the security officer who... More 

Thank Solodam J
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Reviewed 24 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.

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Westerville, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

This is a walkway accessed thru an arch off the center of Amsterdam that connects to the Begijnhof with artwork from the Golden Age, modern art and a large mechanic statue of Goliath holding a spear. Ask the museum guard to make his eyes move for you. All for free.

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Reviewed 27 April 2016

Essentially a passage way, adorned with massive paintings, of the guards of Amsterdam, so worth a look and it is free.

1 Thank JnVSydney
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Reviewed 12 February 2016

Neat museum, particularly its archway with the coat of arms (whose 3 Xs represent the crucifixion of Amsterdam's patron saint, St. Andrew, as well as 3 virtues - heroism, determination, and mercy). The crown is from 1489, and the door dates from 1581. Nice little cafe courtyard as well. The glassed-in passageway is free and has paintings all over; they're... More 

Thank Meagan D
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Reviewed 27 August 2015

Part of the Amsterdam Museum, the Civic Guards Gallery has always been a favourite spot to visit. It is the only freely accessible "museum street" in the world. Originally filled with group portraits from the 17th and 18th century, a thorough restoration in 2011 changed the concept a bit. A presentation about the orphanage (part of the museum's complex) was... More 

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