3 Interesting and different museums of Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a cosmopolitan European capital with a distinctive charm, a rich diversity and an impressive mindset of looking into the future.
When visiting Amsterdam you will have plenty of museums to choose from, some historical, some housing art masterpieces, but there are a couple of them that are quite different and interesting, having a strong connection with the city’s inhabitants and interests.
So here are some suggestions of a different type of sightseeing, especially for a day when the weather encourages you to stay indoors:
Did you know that in Netherlands there is a strong research hub for microbiology? Many valuable scientists work and teach in Netherlands and there is a strong focus on this specific area of research.
The Micropia museum is dedicated to the world that the human eye can’t capture and is revealing its secrets. The museum is located close to the Amsterdam Zoo and is worth visiting by both adults and children. The entrance ticket cost about 14 EUR for an adult and the tour will take approximately 1-2 hours depending on your curiosity, but at the end of it you will have a much better understanding of these invisible forms of life that are either our enemies or friends. The exhibition is supported by advanced technology and quite unique, so it is worth paying a visit.
More information can be found on the museum website: https://www.micropia.nl/en/visit/what-is-micropia/museum-microbes/
2. The Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum
Another quite different museum found in Amsterdam is the Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum. Especially after legalizing soft drugs, these plants became more famous in Amsterdam.
However this museum is dedicated to the plants and all their uses, not only related to drugs. You can see here clothes, musical instruments and even chocolate made from hemp, so if you want to have a good understanding of how these plants can play a role in the everyday life, as well as their historical background, then add this museum to your visiting list. The ticket costs 9 EUR for an adult.
More information can be found on the museum website: https://hashmuseum.com/en/amsterdam
3. The Museum of Bags
Another interesting museum, visited in general mostly by women, is The Museum of Bags. It is worth mentioning that this is the largest historical bags collection in the world.
Visitors can expect to see very valuable and interesting items, starting from the sixteenth century, containing also objects that could have been found in bags during different times, such as ball notebooks, calling cards or other personal belongings. Perhaps one of the most interesting objects of the museum is a flea catcher, which was once a very necessary bag item.
There are also explanations of how bags design and materials evolved during the last centuries. The museum has also some iconic modern bags, but the focus is on the historical evolution and should not be compared with a modern bags shopping centre. There is also a nice restaurant and cafe if you want to relax a little or you have someone else waiting. The ticket costs 13EUR for an adult and the tour takes approximately 45 minutes.
More information can be found on the museum website: https://tassenmuseum.nl/en/
Bonus idea – Museum of Amsterdam
Although the Museum of Amsterdam is the city museum and you would expect it is visited by majority of tourists, surprisingly it falls quite often from the priority lists. And it’s a pity not to see it because it’s quite central and it is located in the building of a former orphanage.
The story of the building and the one of the city’s evolution are skillfully combined, resulting in a very interesting museum. The ticket costs 15 EUR for an adult and the tour takes approximately 2 hours. Don’t miss to visit the exhibits from the former orphanage lockers in the courtyard and you can also stop by for a coffee or tea in the cafe.
More information can be found on the museum website: https://www.amsterdammuseum.nl/en