Treasure chamber

Showcases and filing cabinets with documents, archaeological artefacts and photos bring the visitor close to the people who witnessed crucial moments in Amsterdam’s history. 

Essential Amsterdam heritage

A huge range of official papers, letters and early audio material offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the history of the city. Documents kept at the City Archives include the report of the theft of Anne Frank’s bicycle in 1942, also mentioned in her diary; a 1976 portrait of Dutch entrepreneur Freddy Heineken; Johan Cruijff’s school registration card from 1947; the Westerkerk’s burial register, recording the burial of Rembrandt van Rijn on 8 October 1669; and a letter from Charles Darwin to Artis Royal Zoo from 1868.

World Heritage Podium

The City Archives is also home to the World Heritage Podium, a visitors’ centre providing details of all UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Netherlands. And the City Book Shop specialises in books about Amsterdam.

Tours of the Amsterdam City Archives can be arranged in advance.