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From 15 September, the completely renovated Allard Pierson will once again be open to visitors. To mark the merger between the Allard Pierson Museum and the Special Collections department of the University of Amsterdam, the new institute has compiled a presentation of items from the collections entitled ‘From the Nile to the Amstel’, spanning 10,000 years of cultural history. In the run-up to the opening of the new exhibition Het Parool and four well-known UvA alumni have already taken a look inside (videos in Dutch).

Event details of Reopening of Allard Pierson
Date 15 September 2020
Time 10:00
In the run-up to the opening of From the Nile to the Amstel, author Splinter Chabot takes a journey through time (in Dutch)

 

As a result of the renovation, the Allard Pierson has added an additional 500 m2 for exhibitions and 500 m2  of public areas. The original entrance from the time of De Nederlandsche Bank has been restored by removing the enclosed porch between the metres-high doors. The connection with the neighbouring building, where the research room can be found, has also been greatly improved. The old 'plaster attic' has also been renovated and is now permanently accessible to everyone. Another important innovation is the new area Allard Pierson Live, which is free to enter and where the public can get acquainted with archaeology, the cartography collection and music, film and audio collections. In this zone, with a view of the Rokin, the UvA will also have a platform for presentations of research results to a wide audience.

Practical information 
Due to the final preparations for the reopening, Allard Pierson will be closed to visitors between 8 and 13 September. The research room will remain open, with adjusted opening hours. The research room will close at 1:00 PM on 9 September and at 2:00 PM on 10 September.