Amsterdam Sights

Amsterdam City ArchivesDe Bazel (Stadsarchief)

The Stadsarchief is the historical documentation centre of the city of Amsterdam with 35 km of archives, historical topographical collection with millions of maps, drawings, and illustrations, a library and large collection of sound-film and photographic archives.

Biggest in the world

The Amsterdam City Archives (Stadsarchief Amsterdam) are the biggest city archives in the world. After Rome and Venice, Amsterdam is the 3rd most illustrated city in the world. In its new location, the Bazel building (the former ABN AMRO Bank building) at the Vijzelstraat, the city treasure can be displayed with due respect. While passing by the objects you can easily email the details to your own private mailbox.

De Bazel building by architect K.P.C. de Bazel, dating back from 1926, has been restored in its old glory.

Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff's pupil's card from 1953, the marriage licences of Rembrandt and his Saskia, a bicycle theft report from Anne Frank in 1942, or the recording of the Fifth Symphony by Gustav Mahler, performed by the Concertgebouw orchestra in 1906, are all examples of the huge collection of the Amsterdam City Archives.

Who should visit the City Archives?

For anyone interested in learning about the history of their Amsterdam family, house, business or neighbourhood, or anyone requiring information for a paper, thesis or publication on Amsterdam.

How to get there?

By tram: 16, 247 or 25 stop Keizersgracht
By car: nearest car park Heinekenplein

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The spectacularly restored tile floor and ceiling from 1926, designed by the painter Nicolaas van de Vecht. The décor is a fusion of Art Deco and Egyptian forms, fashioned in brilliant blue and yellow.

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Vijzelstraat 32
Amsterdam (Canal Belt)

official website

Opening hours

Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon closed
Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 17:00
Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 12:00 - 17:00

Photo Tour

» Slideshow of the Amsterdam City Archives