Are you in Amsterdam on a really short layover, are you on a budget or just not willing to spend hours in a big and busy museum, but you still want to experience some of the history of Amsterdam and see some of the paintings characteristic of Amsterdam’s golden age? Then you should visit the Schuttersgalerij of the Amsterdam Museum.
During the golden age, there were a lot of shooting companies: civil militias who had a role in policing the city. These shooting companies would often commission paintings and the most famous is off course Rembrandt’s Night Watch.
But the group portrait on Rembrandt’s painting wasn’t the only one; there are a lot of paintings like this, some of which are in the Schuttersgallerij which you can enter for free. In this gallery, you will find some paintings explaining a bit about Amsterdam’s history, basically an ideal teaser for what the Amsterdam Museum but also other museums have to offer.
One of the most famous paintings in the Schuttersgallerij is that of Napoleon who is being handed the keys of the city of Amsterdam. He occupied the Netherlands and installed his younger brother as king of the Netherlands and was the first occupant of the palace on Dam Square a year earlier.
It’s stories like these that you’ll discover while walking through the Schuttersgallerij.