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Civic Guards Gallery (Schuttersgalerij)

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Address: Kalverstraat 92 | Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 359, 1012 PH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Located in a passageway between the Kalverstraat and the Begijnhof it is...

Located in a passageway between the Kalverstraat and the Begijnhof it is possible to admire 15 substantial paintings. These are portraits of the Amsterdam Civic Guards from the 17th Century. Part of, though not actually in, the Amsterdam Historic Museum, this is probably the only place in the world where paintings are displayed in he open air, with only a glass roof to protect them.

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Walk on Art

Yes, you will literally walk on art. The carpet you walk on it is an artwork. I always enjoy passing by this place. Once in a periode of time the museum change the collection so I... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Solodam J
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, you will literally walk on art. The carpet you walk on it is an artwork. I always enjoy passing by this place. Once in a periode of time the museum change the collection so I need to show you all what they have this time. It worths walking through it. Free of charge. Btw, ask the security officer who... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

My favorite way from the Dam Square to the Spui (or vice versa) is through this passage, where one can see impressive pieces of art without paying an entrance fee.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

This is a walkway accessed thru an arch off the center of Amsterdam that connects to the Begijnhof with artwork from the Golden Age, modern art and a large mechanic statue of Goliath holding a spear. Ask the museum guard to make his eyes move for you. All for free.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

Essentially a passage way, adorned with massive paintings, of the guards of Amsterdam, so worth a look and it is free.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016

Neat museum, particularly its archway with the coat of arms (whose 3 Xs represent the crucifixion of Amsterdam's patron saint, St. Andrew, as well as 3 virtues - heroism, determination, and mercy). The crown is from 1489, and the door dates from 1581. Nice little cafe courtyard as well. The glassed-in passageway is free and has paintings all over; they're... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

Part of the Amsterdam Museum, the Civic Guards Gallery has always been a favourite spot to visit. It is the only freely accessible "museum street" in the world. Originally filled with group portraits from the 17th and 18th century, a thorough restoration in 2011 changed the concept a bit. A presentation about the orphanage (part of the museum's complex) was... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2015

Here are the wealthy citizens of the city, who traditionally belonged to the Civic Guard and spent their free times on a shooting range practicing their musket shooting abilities. Usually, this was primarily a social occasion - to meet, talk and drink beer. These portraits were commissioned each year to commemorate civic guard service and charity work. Each of the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2014

For me, the civic guard pictures are a little boring but they do try to mix it up a little with a variety of extra exhibits. The small courtyard off the passageway is often missed but it does have some interesting exhibits - often done by schoolchildren. Check out the pictures below in the J Solodam's review which are great.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2014

It is always be fine to cross this passage when I was in the city centre. Not only quicker walking from Kalverstraat to the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal to catch the tram but it is also enjoyable passing all those artworks. This gallery is part of the Amsterdam Museum. There are some paintings of the golden age but also modern paintings. One... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2014

I don't much like these dark paintings of the civic defense groups from the 1600's shown here. At least they are shown in the sunshine rather than in the bowels of some dark museum display room. However, I do like them better than the mostly religious paintings that preceded them.

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