MathPsych 2009


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Places to See

Museums

Amsterdam boasts a number of interesting museums:

Rijksmuseum:

One of the must-see museum. The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam or Rijksmuseum (English: State Museum) is a Dutch national museum, located on the Jan Luijkenstraat 1 near the Museumplein. The museum is dedicated to arts, crafts, and history. It has a large collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age and a substantial collection of Asian art.

Anne Frank House:

The Anne Frank House, located on the Prinsengracht 267, is a museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank, who hid from Nazi persecution with her family and four other people in hidden rooms at the rear of the building. As well as the preservation of the hiding place — known in Dutch as the Achterhuis (the house behind)— and an exhibition on the life and times of Anne Frank, the museum acts as an exhibition space to highlight all forms of persecution and discrimination.

Note that visiting the Anne Frank House might require a prohibitive period of waiting, as its capacity is limited.

Van Gogh Museum:

The Van Gogh Museum, located at the Paulus Potterstraat 7 near the Museumplein, is a museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, featuring the works of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries. It has the largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings in the world.

Madame Tussauds:

Madame Tussauds' wax museum, located at Dam 20, has now grown to become a major tourist attraction in Amsterdam. The collection at Tussauds include historical and royal figures, film stars, sports stars and famous murderers.

 

Zoo

No trip to Amsterdam can be complete without a visit to

Artis:

Natura Artis Magistra (Latin for "Nature is the teacher of art"), commonly known simply as Artis, is a zoo in the centre of Amsterdam. It is the oldest zoo of the Netherlands, founded in 1838 by G.F. Westerman, J.W.H. Werlemann and J.J. Wijsmuller. In addition to the zoo, Artis has a planetarium, a geological museum and a zoological museum. It is commonly referred to as just Artis, because the zoo has three gates, each with one of the words Natura Artis Magistra written over it. Since the center gate always was the one mainly used, people walking in usually just saw 'Artis', leading to the common misconception of its proper name.

 

Neighborhoods

De Jordaan:

De Jordaan is a neighborhood in Amsterdam, bordered by the water from the Prinsengracht (east), the Lijnbaansgracht (west), the Brouwersgracht (north) and the Leidsegracht (south). When de Jordaan was built in the beginning of the Dutch golden age, the streets have been built in a pattern analogous to the old 'poldersloten' (reclaimed land canals). Since the neighborhoods the Jordaan borders to have not been built according to this pattern, streets from the Jordaan are seldom perpendiculair to the ones they border to. With its small houses, the Jordaan used to be a typical neightborhood for the somewhat poorer working man. Also, a number of guildspeople and small companies bore their home there. Now, in the 21st century, de Jordaan has turned 'hip' leading to houses that have skyrocketed in price and a population that differs significantly from the inhabitants of yore.

De 9 Straatjes (The Nine Streets):

The Nine Streets are nine small streets intersecting with the Prinsengracht, the Keizersgracht, the Herengracht and the Singel in the center of Amsterdam. Together they form a neighborhood that is famous for its unique shops and good restaurants.

The Nine Streets are:
  • ReestraatHartenstraatGasthuismolensteeg
  • BerenstraatWolvenstraatOude Spiegelstraat
  • RunstraatHuidenstraatWijde Heisteeg
 

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