“What was this building before it became a museum?” is printed on the Amsterdam History Museum’s ticket I got in my visit last Wednesday. The answer: it was an orphanage.
In retrospect to the legacy, the museum displayed an interesting exhibition about a typical Dutch orphanage in the 17th century.
Visitors can get the exhibition token from the museum’s cashier. The token is used as a passkey to enter the exhibit, and if you hover the token to the red signs in the exhibition, particular audio recording (either a simulation of the orphanage, or a narrator explaining about it) will be played. Too bad the whole thing is in Dutch, so I couldn’t understand anything…
However, the exhibition itself is nice. The space used is very narrow, divided into two storeys, but I think it perfectly reflects the condition of orphanages in that era.