About us

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.

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.

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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?

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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.

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The vibrant Oude Turfmarkt with the main entrance to De Nederlandsche Bank, shortly after 1901.

View the various departments of the Allard Pierson and the people who work there.


Support Fund

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.

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Gerardus Johannes Vossius (1577-1649), een van de twee eerste hoogleraren aan het Athenaeum Illustre.

Over 2019, we work hard to refurbish the Allard Pierson. The rejuvenated museum entrance opens in the summer. New space will soon be 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 are opening the museum shop and the new Allard Pierson Live. The reading room will be given additional space and the museum café is being refurbished.

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Impression of the interior by Atelier Pro Architects


Looking for a historical venue in the heart of Amsterdam? Take a look at what we have to offer here. For more information, phone us on 020-525 37 70 or email us at booking@allardpierson.nl.

We would be delighted to welcome you at the Allard Pierson!

Our halls

Museums, libraries and comparable institutions can apply to the Allard Pierson for artefacts for exhibition.

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As supervisor and custodian of the historical, art and academic collections of the University of Amsterdam, the Allard Pierson is responsible for many thousands of objects.

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