Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeology museum of the University of Amsterdam. The ancient civilisations of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the Greek World, Etruria and the Roman Empire are revived in this museum. Art-objects and utensils, dating from 10.000 B.C. till 1000 A.D. give a good impression of everyday-life.
Pleas note: We are currently working on the refurbishment of the museum. Our Roman, Near East, Greek-Hellenistic and Etruscan departments are already open to the public, but the Egyptian and (early) Greek departments are currently closed. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
The (early) Greek department will open in April 2018.
The Egyptian department will reopen in spring 2019.
The museum is closed on the 1st of January, 27th of April (King's Day), Christmas Day.
The museum has adapted the openinghours on:
- Monday 21 december from 10.00 - 17.00 o'clock
- Saturday 26 december from 11.00 - 17.00 o'clock
- Sundag 27 december from 11.00 - 17.00 o'clock
- Monday 28 december from 10.00 - 17.00 o'clock
- Saturday 2 januari from 11.00 - 17.00 o'clock
- Sunday 3 januari from 11.00 - 17.00 o'clock
The museum closes early on:
- Thursday 24 december at 16.00 o'clock
- Thursday 31 december at 16.00 o'clock
Allard Pierson Museum
Oude Turfmarkt 127 | 1012 GC AmsterdamGo to detailpage
+31 (0)20 525 2556
The Ancient Egypt exhibition is dedicated to death, with mummies, sarcophagi, and a film showing the process of mummification. The plaster-cast attic, to be visited only with a guided tour, shows copies of Roman and Greek statues.
The museum's Greek pottery collection features examples of black-figure and red-figure pottery produced in the fifth and sixth centuries BC. A collection of Roman Egyptian sarcophagi is also on display, including a rare wooden coffin from around 150 AD that is carved partly in the shape of the man within it. There are also scale models of ancient temples and buildings.
The name of the Allard Pierson Museum derives from the first professor of classical archaeology at the University of Amsterdam, Allard Pierson (1831–1896). This former clergyman was invited in 1877 to occupy the chair of Aesthetics, Art History, and Modern Languages at the newly founded university. His passion for antiquity, fuelled by his travels to the Mediterranean area, led to his assembling a collection of plaster casts from 1877 to 1895.
The second professor of archeology at the University of Amsterdam, Jan Six, had a large personal collection of books and antique objects. At his death in 1926, the university had interest in acquiring his collection. In 1932, Pierson's son Jan Lodewijk established the Allard Pierson Foundation in order to make the antiquities collection available for research and teaching. The collection was brought to a building on the Weesperzijde in Amsterdam, with the top floor serving as a museum.
The collection grew due to purchases, gifts, and loans of artifacts and documents. On 12 November 1934, the Allard Pierson Museum was officially opened in a building at Sarphatistraat 129-131 (corner of the Roeterstraat). The museum eventually outgrew its building and is situated at the Oude Turfmarkt 127 since 1976.