The stock exchange was one of the four exchanges in the Beurs van Berlage. It had its own large trading hall, the Effectenbeurszaal. This page tells you more about the history of the stock exchange and the Effectenbeurszaal.
Merchants’ trade exchange
The Beurs van Berlage was designed more than a century ago as a merchants’ trade exchange by Hendrik Petrus Berlage, one of the most prominent architects from the Netherlands. The merchants’ trade exchange was opened by Queen Wilhelmina on 27 May 1903.
The Netherlands was the first country with a professional stock exchange, which opened for the first time at the Beurs van Keyser in 1611. The facing brick of this very first official stock exchange can now be found in the Keurzaal in the Beurs van Berlage. In 1903, the Effectenbeurszaal was taken into use as stock exchange.
360 degrees Effectenbeurszaal
Google Street View allows you to wander through the Beurs van Berlage online. The 360-degree photos of the Effectenbeurszaal can be found at the bottom of this page.
History of the Effectenbeurszaal
In 1903, the stock exchange started using the Effectenbeurszaal. From then on, this room was used daily to trade shares and bonds. Until 1912, when the stock exchange moved into its own premises next door, at Beursplein 5. After the stock exchange moved next door, the Effectenbeurszaal served as currency market and giro office of Amsterdam. In 1985, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra took the corn exchange and Effectenbeurszaal into use. The Effectenbeurszaal was converted into a concert hall and its acoustics were upgraded for that ultimate concert experience.
In 2012, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra relocated to the Majella church in Amsterdam East. The stage was removed, but the improved acoustics were preserved. As such, the Effectenbeurszaal is now one of the most popular conference halls of the Beurs van Berlage.
Décor of the Effectenbeurszaal
Along the east, south and west walls of the former stock exchange, visual artist Jan Toorop created a frieze of ceramic tiles. It shows various currencies, including the Dutch Florin, and a number of labourers. Miners, machine operators, ploughers, cattle farmers, fishermen, coffee pickers: all of them are honoured here by the artist.
The 360-degree photo of the Effectenbeurszaal enables you to view the room. The Effectenbeurszaal is perfect for conferences and events, in combination with other rooms of the Beurs van Berlage, if necessary.