Museums and Special Collections

The University has a large number of collections of rare books, archives, manuscripts and historical artifacts. Some of these collections are on display at the following museums:

Allard Pierson Museum

The Allard Pierson Museum has a wide collection of antiquities from the ancient civilisations of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the Greek World, Etruria and the Roman Empire.

The Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam

The Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam has an extensive collection of early printed books, modern special editions, manuscripts, maps and visual material such as prints, posters and photographs. There are wide-ranging collections in the fields of book history, Hebrew and Jewish studies, Protestantism, medicine and zoology.

University History Collection

The University History Collection contains objects from the fields of art and science, historical documentation and archives  from the Athenaeum Illustre and the University of Amsterdam, and historical records of student life going back to the founding of the UvA in 1632 right up to the present. In addition, the curator is the contact person for the university's faculty collections.

Computer Museum

The Computer Museum has a unique collection of historical computers and calculators.

Museum Vrolik

Museum Vrolik has a collection of more than ten thousand anatomical and embryological specimens, human and animal skeletons and skulls, and anatomical models and reconstruction.

Published by  University of Amsterdam

8 April 2014