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Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the Universiteit van Amsterdam. The ancient civilisations of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the Greek World, Etruria and the Roman Empire are revived in this museum. Art-objects and utensils, dating from 4000 B.C. till 500 A.D. give a good impression of everyday-life, mythology and religion in Antiquity.

The name of the Allard Pierson Museum derives from the first professor Classical Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam, Allard Pierson. This former clergyman, was invited in 1877 to occupy the chair of Aesthetics, Art History and Modern Languages. Although he collected plaster casts, this collection was not even approaching a real museum.

Professor J. Six and the Allard Pierson Foundation
The second professor, who taught archaeology at the Amsterdam University, was J. Six. He owned a large collection of books and antiques, which he made available for education and research. When he died in 1926, the Allard Pierson Foundation was established in order to purchase this collection. The attic of the Institute of the Department of Mediterranean Archaeology at the Weesperzijde served as a museum from 1931.
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Allard Pierson Museum - Netherlands

Oude Turfmarkt 127 1090 GB
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