The Allard Pierson is the museum and knowledge institute for the heritage collections of the University of Amsterdam. Linking up the world of the university to society at large lies at the core of everything we do.
Vision and mission
As the museum and knowledge institute for the heritage collections of the University of Amsterdam, the Allard Pierson wants to be an accessible place for curious people. A place where you can acquire knowledge, find inspiration and discover new subjects and collections.
Who is Allard Pierson?
Admired as ‘probably the most well-rounded thinker of the nineteenth century, Allard Pierson stands for cultural history in the broadest sense, sharing knowledge inside and outside the university, and reflecting on the past as a way of understanding the present. But who was Allard Pierson?
The building at Oude Turfmarkt 127 was originally constructed as the headquarters of De Nederlandsche Bank, the central bank of the Netherlands. Various details recall its past. For example, rails for trolleys full of money still run from the quay into the entrance hall.
The current Allard Pierson exists thanks to the collections of the University of Amsterdam. These collections have been compiled by librarians over centuries. The foundations for the university library were laid in 1578, after the Alteratie, when books and manuscripts belonging to Catholic institutions in Amsterdam were brought together to form a library open to everybody. The first ‘public library’ for Amsterdammers themselves.
Renovation and expansion
Since 2019, we have been working hard to refurbish the Allard Pierson. New space has been made available with the addition of four floors on the Turfdraagsterpad side for the permanent museum exhibition From the Nile to the Amstel. On the first floor, we opened the museum shop, the espresso bar and the new Allard Pierson Live. The reading room has been given additional space and the museum café is being refurbished.
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Hiring a hall
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We would be delighted to welcome you at the Allard Pierson!