Amsterdam and the Golden Age

Once the Netherlands proclaimed independence from Spain, it was full sailing ahead for the Dutch. The 17th century was Amsterdam’s Golden Age. Ships from the city sailed to North America, Indonesia, Brazil and Africa and formed the basis of a worldwide trading network. We explore Amsterdam’s canals, museums and history.


  • This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom.
  • This course requires students to have an email, a reliable internet connection, and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


  • Amsterdam: a brief life of a city, Geert Mak, 1999
  • Amsterdam City Guide, Lonely Planet
  • The Rough Guide to Amsterdam, Rough Guides


  • Rijksmuseum
  • Museum Geelvink
  • Rembrandt House
  • Anne Frank House
  • Tulip Museum
  • House Boat Museum
  • Het Grachtenhuis – Canal Museum
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Diamond Museum & Gassan Jeweller
  • Van Loon Museum
  • Maritime Museum
  • Our Lord in the Attic
  • Old Kirk

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Have a greater understanding of the history of Amsterdam, and the sites to see during their own travels.

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