Across the river of time

Pierson served as the University of Amsterdam’s first professor of classical archaeology and the museum, which opened in 1934, continues to celebrate his legacy and passion for antiquities. Its permanent collections offer Roman sarcophagi, scale models of centuries-old temples and artifacts from Ancient Egypt including a bronze statue of the feline goddess Bastet.

Past meets present

In addition to housing the library of the university’s now closed Department of Egyptology, the museum features temporary exhibitions like its recent ‘Eternal Egypt Experience.’ In 2013, it also debuted an interactive reconstruction of the Regolini-Galassi tomb, one of the most famous Etruscan grave sites. The award-winning exhibit uses Kinnect technology that allows visitors to navigate the virtual site by using hand and arm gestures.