Artimare Museum, Edam
This building was designed by C.P. Peters, rijksbouwmeester (State Building Master). Peters was also responsible for building the main post office in Amsterdam. He used to be a student of P.J.H. Cuypers, the architect of the Rijksmusem (State Museum) and the Central Station, both in Amsterdam. And the similarity between these buildings is easily spotted.
The building has neo-renaissance features, light yellow sandstone girders and a straight tower, which especially characterises the building.
Artimare has a special attraction: the mermaid of Edam. This Seawaif has for more than 600 years played her part in the Dutch cultural history and was renowned far beyond the borders of the Netherlands. Through the centuries, lots of respectable gentlemen have written about her, among them historians, physicians, clergy, teachers, physicists and philosophers. In the year 1403, she was finally captured by two milk maids and was brought to Edam. Later, she was claimed by the city of Haarlem.
Arti Mare is located in a beautiful historic building in Dam Square, Edam. Besides art exhibitions is also publishing Arti Mare. Everything Arti Mare produces and exhibits has myths, fables and legends (from now and earlier times) as its theme. The spectacular and lively representation of this medieval saga makes a visit more than worthwhile. Visit Arti Mare and enjoy a special journey through this part of our cultural history.
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 13.00 - 17.00. Outside these hours visits by appointment.
Location and Contact:
Dam Square 5
1135 BK Edam
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