Baantjer Museum Amsterdam

Baantjer Museum EntranceA.C.Baantjer (1923-2010), called by the public “Appie” (a small monkey), was a successful Dutch writer of the detective novels. With the author’s past as Amsterdam police inspector and his many friendships among the city popular figures, Baantjer’s novels remain a document of life in Amsterdam in another era, years before the organized crime and drugs made investigation of law-breaking a massive and dangerous police effort. In Baantjer’s novels, a popular and friendly police inspector wins through his knowledge of criminals psyche and due to his sense of humor.

Baantjer BarBaantjer wrote sixty novels, almost half has been translated to English, with six novels published in the US during the past decade and numerous novels translated to other languages, all over the world. Their popularity has been largely based on the exotic picture of life in Amsterdam they portray. There were also TV series and films based upon Baantjer novels.

The feel

An impressive location in the cellar of the popular Café Heffer, where a replica of Amsterdam bar has been built, where Baantjer’s hero, inspector De Cock (!) used to hang on. On the walls, a charming, small exhibit of the memorabilia - interesting for A.C. Baantjer’s fans. Have a glass of local beer or a soda upstairs and admire the place.

Baantjer DisplaycaseOpen

Monday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Before your visit - please call: 020-683 25 92. As the museum is located in the usually closed café cellar, staff behind the bar should know that you are coming and open it for you upon your arrival.


Entry is free

How to get there

Baantjer Museum is located at 5 minutes walking distance from the Central Station and a similar distance from the Dam square, at the edge of the Red Light District.


Baantjer Museum Amsterdam
Warmoesstraat 66
1012 HJ   Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 20 6832592

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