How to get here & accessibilty

How to get to the Embassy of the Free Mind

House with the Heads
123, Keizersgracht
1015 CJ Amsterdam

Public transport
From Central Station: Take tram 13 or 17 or bus 282, 284 and 288; stop at Westermarkt. Facing the church, cross the bridge on your right, then turn left immediately onto Keizersgracht. The House with the Heads is on your right after 300m.

Public parking spots in the direct vicinity of the museum are costly (€ 7.50 per hour) and are often very difficult to find. The nearest multi-storey car parks are:

Q-park Nieuwendijk – Nieuwezijds Kolk 18 (650m)
Q-park Bijenkorf – Beursstraat 15 (950m)
Q-park Europarking – Marnixstraat 250 (1,300m)
Alternatively, park your car in a Park + Ride area and travel to the centre of town by public transport.

The museum is located on the ground floor and first floor of a 17th-century canal house in the centre of Amsterdam. There are four steps to the main entrance; we regret there is no elevator in the building.

There are fire extinguishers in every public area and emergency plans next to the doors. There is always a qualified Emergency Response Officer present who is able to act according to current emergency rules.

Due to Covid-19 we have changed our procedures with regard to ticket sales and visiting. Read more.

House rules

General rules

  1. You must be in possession of a valid library pass (day pass or annual pass).
  2. Please leave your coats and bags (including handbags) in the cloakroom. There are lockers for your belongings.
  3. Phoning, photography, filming, videotaping and audiotaping within the library are not allowed.
  4. Eating and drinking is allowed only in the cafe and the reading room.
  5. Smoking is not allowed.
  6. You only have access to the public areas on the ground floor and the reading room on the first floor.
  7. Please act respectfully towards the library staff, other visitors and the building at all times.

Rules for consulting books

  1. Books must be consulted in the reading area on the ground floor or in the reading room on the first floor.
  2. You can access the online catalogue via the two computers in the reading room. These computers must only be used to check the catalogue. You are requested not to use the computers for more than fifteen minutes when there are more readers needing to consult the catalogue.
  3. You may use your own laptop. Wifi is available throughout the building.
  4. You may take books from the open shelves but please make sure to leave one of the red shelf markers in place. Books must be left on the tables and will be returned by the staff at the end of the day.
  5. Writing in books or damaging them in any way is strictly forbidden.
  6. Photocopying modern books not subject to copyright is allowed only after having consulted a member of staff and against payment.
  7. Scans of images or texts can be ordered from a member of staff against payment. A reproduction fee will also be charged.
  8. You are not allowed to take books out of the library. Library staff may ask you to inspect your bags when you leave the library.
  9. Please apply by e-mail two days in advance to consult pre-1800 books or manuscripts. You will need to sign a form for this.
  10. You must adhere to the special regulations laid down in the form for consulting pre-1800 material.