Amsterdam (Historic) Museum

University of Michigan PhD group with three teachers, 2017, on the issue of Multicultural Society in Holland and its failed elements.

During the last 10 years, I have taught many university groups of PhD students travelling in Europe in order to broaden their outlook on societies. Usually this takes the form of extended walks in the city with stories that fit that proper site. I can also present workshops and lectures. And visit the Amsterdam Museum, formerly known as Amsterdam Historic Museum.

“We had a delightful tour of Amsterdam with Kees Kaldenbach. He is knowledgeable and passionate about the city, and is very good at making the details of many aspects of the city come alive. Many students in our group continued to talk about the tour throughout the day. That’s solid evidence of good teaching, This tour was one of the high points of our visit to Amsterdam!” David Wong

Cafe ‘t Mandje’, The Basket, a lesbian/gay chapter explained in Amsterdam history. Fun study about clipping men’s ties.

Believe it or not, this palatial building was built as the Girl section of the City Orphanage, only for orphans of full citizens

Join me for an educational visit to this Amsterdam history museum. Housed in a grand 17th c. municipal orphanage, this museum displays the history of Amsterdam. One wing is devoted to the growth of the initial fishing village ‘Amstelredam’ after 1200. Another wing addresses modern issues in Amsterdam society. In between exists an interesting covered walkthrough alley, opened 1975, which displays outsize paintings. The latter can even be visited for free without buying a ticket.

Exhibitions include paintings, wooden models, historical items which shed light on how Amsterdam slowly grew into the foremost trading empire and port of the Seventeenth century. The life of tycoons, traders, shipbuilders, navy captains, United East India Company, spices and much more.

Vesalius who dared to open up human bodies for study.

Assigning roles in play-acting. History comes alive.

Photographic map shoring the entire inner city.

Skull: Memento Mori.

I will tell you about the life of city orphans. The local laws were pretty strict!


Drs Kees Kaldenbach: „…he is wildly overqualified to be a guide . That is his secret… Trust me on this.” Gabe. Statement made February, 2017.


Business card. The logo refers to Vermeer.

Larger images are available on this Old Skool site.


A key XXL sculpture, outsize form a very early “Disneyland” type theme park.

Ship model, plus a lifting device to pass sand banks before reaching Amsterdam harbour.

One of the halls. Above some sculptures of nobility, part of the old Town Hall.

Ships moored by Texel island. Waiting to go to faraway ports.