The worlds of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome come to life at the Allard Pierson. Learn more about early civilizations through the wonderful archaeological collections held at the University of Amsterdam. And don’t forget to visit the ArcheoHotspot, where you can work as an archaeologist.

Opening hours

Museum, café and shop

Monday Closed
Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 17.00
Saturday – Sunday 13.00 – 17.00

The museum is closed on 1 January, 27 April and 25 December.

Research room

Monday – Friday 09.30 - 17.00
Weekend Closed

The research room is also closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, Ascension Day and the following Friday, Whit Sunday and Monday, and from 24 December through 1 January.

By bringing together the Archaeological Museum and the Special Collections, the Allard Pierson can now draw on all the heritage held at the university. Starting next summer, this heritage goes on show for the first time in From the Nile to the Amstel, a journey through 10,000 years of cultural history. To make this possible, major renovation work will be carried out on the building during 2019.

The museum, library and research room remain open during the renovation work.

Admission prices

Museum admission prices

Adults € 10,00
Children up to 4 free
Children from 4 to 18 € 5,00
Students (ISIC) € 5,00
Seniors (65+) € 5,00
Primary and secondary school groups
(Advance booking required)
€ 2,50
Groups of 10 and more € 7,50
Dutch Museum Card holders, UvA/HvA students, Vereniging Rembrandt, Stadspas holders, IAmsterdam Card, ICOM, VVAPM members, UB Vrienden, TIN members free

Research room admission prices

To consult material in one of the research rooms, you must have a UvA or HvA student or staff card, a reference card or a library card. You can apply for a reference or library card at the reception desk or online.

Reference card (valid for a week) € 15,00
Library card (valid for a year)* € 40,00

*Free for:
- students and staff of all Dutch universities and institutes of higher education in the arts in Amsterdam
- staff of the National Library of the Netherlands and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
- members of the University of Amsterdam Alumni Association

To apply for a reference or library card, you need valid proof of identity and, if applicable, a supporting document such as a student card, recent salary statement or alumni card.

The Allard Pierson is located in the centre of Amsterdam, close to tram and metro stops.

Oude Turfmarkt 127-129

1012 GC Amsterdam.

The Allard Pierson is easy to reach on foot, by bike, and by public transport.

Public transport

From Amsterdam Centraal Station, take tram 4, 9, 16 or 24 and get off at the Spui stop, or take the metro and get off at Rokin Station.


A number of car parks are located close to the Allard Pierson.

A parking space for disabled visitors is available at the museum. To reserve this space, please phone 020-5252556 one day in advance.

The Allard Pierson considers accessibility for all visitors important.

Wheelchairs and walker-rollators

The Allard Pierson is fully accessible for electric wheelchairs and walker-rollators. All floors can be reached by lift. Some lifts require assistance from a member of staff.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome in the museum.

Parking space for disabled visitors

A parking space for disabled visitors is available at the museum. To reserve this space, please phone 020-5252556 one day in advance.


Toilets for disabled visitors are located on all floors. These are marked on the floor plan available at the reception desk.

If you require further information or have any questions, please phone 020-5252556.

The Allard Pierson offers guided tours of both the permanent and temporary exhibitions.

  • Greeks and Great powers (1000–335 BCE)
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra (335–30 BCE)
  • From Rome to Roman (30 BCE – CE 500)
  • Plaster attic containing replicas of famous Greek and Roman statues
Duration 1 or 1.5 hours
Group size maximum 15 people
Languages Dutch, English
Cost on weekdays € 75 (1 hour) and € 112.50 (1.5 hours)
Cost on weekends € 85 (1 hour) and € 122.50 (1.5 hours)

The cost of a guided tour excludes admission prices.

Please book guided tours at least two weeks in advance by sending an email to

Looking for a gift with a story? Our museum shop offers a varied selection of gifts inspired by the colourful collections of the Allard Pierson — from reproductions of old maps to children’s books, jewellery, tableware and numerous publications.

The shop and café can be accessed without an entrance ticket.