Old Orphanage

“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.

"The Little Orphanage"
The Little Orphanage

In retrospect to the legacy, the museum displayed an interesting exhibition about a typical Dutch orphanage in the 17th century.

Reception of the "orphanage".
Reception of the orphanage.

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…

The orphanage's office.
The orphanage's office.

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.

Dinner for the orphans.
Dinner for the orphans.
Small, cramped beds in the attic.
Small, cramped beds in the attic.
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