Last Wednesday I went to Amsterdam. Yes dear, again! For the third time since the Friday before. I had an appointment to interview a lawyer there at 13.30. Learning from my past mistake, I decided to depart early from The Hague… and to bring my Museumkaart.
So I arrived at 10.30. Yay! What an accomplishment! :p
Since I had three hours before the appointment, I went to the Amsterdam History Museum. Its permanent exhibition was labelled as “Amsterdam DNA,” promoting the city as where spirit of enterprise, creativity, civic values and freedom are what count.
I really like the way the expo was planned and laid out — it’s definitely not a usual museum which rely on its precious, classic, old collections. The Amsterdam DNA is a state-of-the art multimedia show, serving interesting artefacts by putting them in a well-thought interactive displays and tools.
At the beginning of the exhibition, visitors pick up a A5-sized guide book with a certain language — they can choose between Dutch, English, Spanish, Russian, and Japanese. At the back of the book, a unique QR-code sticker is attached.
Visitors then use the QR-code (called the DNA-code throughout the exhibition) to activate video introductions in each of seven sections of it, to choose their own “Amsterdam-DNA”, as well as to take picture of them with a medieval metal armour and stiff collars. By the way, the pictures are uploaded into Amsterdam DNA’s Flickr account, in which visitors can search theirs by typing their QR-code numbers.
The whole expo is really interesting, and everything can be photographed although without the flash. I would give them five stars out of five.. if it’s not for the lack of information on what the Dutch did when they colonized Indonesia. (although they have a curious exhibit from Indonesia: a pair of elephant tusks given by Tjong A Fie to a Dutch mesteer.) So it’s only four out five stars instead.
Here are some pictures I got from the Museum: