Allard Pierson Museum

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Allard Pierson Museum

The Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam . It is located on the Oude Turfmarkt in Amsterdam . In the Allard Pierson Museum artifacts from ancient Egypt , the ancient Orient , ancient Greece , Etruria and the Roman Empire are collected and exhibited. The director has been the provincial archaeologist and ancient historian Wim Hupperetz, who has a doctorate since 2009 .


The name of the museum goes back to Allard Pierson (1831-1896), the first professor of classical archeology at the University of Amsterdam. Pierson assembled a collection of plaster casts between 1877 and 1895 . His successor was Jan Six , who had a large collection of books and antique objects. When Six died in 1926, this collection proved essential to the university. In 1932, Pierson's son Jan Lodewijk Pierson founded the Allard Pierson Stichting to create a collection of antiquities for research and teaching. The collection was housed in a building on the Weesperzijde in Amsterdam, where the top floor served as a museum.

The collection grew through acquisitions, donations and loans of artifacts and documents. The Allard Pierson Museum was officially opened on November 12, 1934 in a building on Sarphatistraat 129-131 (corner of Roeterstraat). Over time, this building turned out to be too small.

The building

Entrance to the museum

A larger building became available when the Nederlandsche Bank left its monumental headquarters on Oude Turfmarkt in 1976 . On the occasion of the reopening of the museum in this building by Princess Beatrix on October 6, 1976, the museum received several large sculptures as a gift.

The collection

Works of art and consumer goods from ancient Egypt , the ancient Orient , ancient Greece , Etruria and the Roman Empire are represented . The collection contains objects from one of 4000 BC. BC to 500 AD as well as models of ancient temples and other buildings. In the ancient Egyptian section, in a room dedicated to death in Egyptian culture, mummies, sarcophagi and a film about the process of mummification are shown. An attic with plaster casts of well-known Roman and Greek statues can only be visited as part of guided tours.

Supporters Association

The Vereniging van Vrienden van het Allard Pierson Museum (Association of Friends of the Allard Pierson Museum) was founded in 1969 and, with around 1500 members, supports the museum's exhibitions and activities.

See also

List of museums in Amsterdam

Web links

Commons : Allard Pierson Museum  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ History of the Museum ( Memento of March 8, 2013 in the Internet Archive ). Dutch, accessed February 17, 2013

Coordinates: 52 ° 22 '8.2 "  N , 4 ° 53' 34.6"  E