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The Amsterdam Museum opened in 1926 in the Waag, one of Amsterdam’s 15th-century city gates. It has been located since 1975 in a former convent that was used from 1581 onwards as Amsterdam’s municipal orphanage. The building was extended by Hendrick and his son Pieter de Keyser, then rebuilt by Jacob van Campen rebuilt it in 1634. The orphanage operated in this building until 1960. The museum exhibits various items related to the history of Amsterdam, from the Middle Ages to the present time. Many of the original furnishings of the city orphanage are on display, as are artifacts relating to the Rasp house, the former house of correction in Amsterdam where the prisoners were forced to rasp wood to make sawdust.

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