The archaeology museum of the University of Amsterdam, the Allard Pierson Museum shows artifacts from ancient Egypt, the Near East, the Greek World, Etruria, and the Roman Empire. Step back in time as you view jewelry and clothing, burial items and religious pieces.
Museums in Europe
Make your way underground to visit fascinating ancient cistern Yerebatan Sarnıcı near the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Now the Basilica Cistern only contains a few feet of water but you can walk among the columns in this eerie place and experience the space while marveling at the construction.
The Alcazaba de Málaga is an 11th century citadel built on a hill overlooking the city and the sea. Visit this walled fortification and walk the paths, imagining what life was like here so many centuries ago. The Alcazaba in Malaga is the most well preserved of its type in Spain.
Royal Museums Greenwich includes the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory and Queen’s House and is just outside of the center of London. Stand on the meridian line, view the Armada portrait and go onboard the Cutty Sark.
The Byzantine structures of the Archaeological Site of Mystras were originally built between the 13th and 15th centuries. Wandering the paths, you’ll climb up and down and discover the ruins of city gates, palaces and churches.
Do you like dinosaurs or collect rocks? You will love the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. In addition to their great displays about zoology and geology, the building itself is absolutely gorgeous.
Pitt Rivers Museum is a cabinet of curiosities from all over the world. The Pitt Rivers Museum shrunken heads are likely the most famous of their displays, but it is truly a treasure trove of everyday objects from the prehistoric until today.
The CoBrA museum is sometimes overlooked by visitors to Amsterdam who mainly head in droves to the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. However it is well worth the trip outside of the city center for lovers of art.
As was common at the time, Rembrandt used his home as his place of business as well. Art buyers and dealers met in his living room to purchase paintings that are now priceless treasures displayed in museums around the world.
The Rijksmuseum artworks are not the only reason to visit this famous Amsterdam museum. The building itself is beautiful and fascinating. Did you know that the Rijksmuseum is the only museum in the world that you can cycle through?
Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art from 1500 to the present. Did you know the famous Millbank Prison once stood on this spot? Tate Britain artworks include sculptures, paintings and drawings.
What is a “speelklok”? It’s a Dutch word that refers to a clock that plays music, like a grandfather clock. But this museum in Utrecht has so much more. The collection of dance hall organs and street organs is something to behold at the Speelklok museum.