Amsterdam. Long ago, a small settlement on the river Amstel. Later the center of 17th century world trade. Today a colorful international city, with its special appearance and independently minded inhabitants. The Amsterdam Museum tells the compelling story of the growth and heyday of this unique city. Go on a fascinating journey of discovery down seven centuries of the city’s history, through the intimate rooms and courtyards of the former Civic Orphanage, where Amsterdam’s orphans once lived. The rich collection of works of art, objects and archaeological finds brings to life the fortunes of the Amsterdammers of days gone by and today. From medieval child’s shoes and the map of Cornelis Antonisz. From 1538, giving a bird’s eye view of the city, to the impressive Civic Guard paintings from the Golden Age. Photos and film material show the happy times as well as the drama of the modern city’s inhabitants. You’ll witness the poverty in the Jordaan neighborhood in the 19th century but also the idealism of the sixties and Ajax’s success at football.