When you visit Amsterdam, you should of course visit the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House, The Van Gogh museum and Madame Tussaud’s, but there are lots of other museums in Amsterdam that are worth a visit! Here 10 examples of fun museums in Amsterdam you should visit when travelling to the Netherlands.
The Museum of glasses
Het Brilmuseum (The museum of glasses) let’s you a travel through 700 years of art, culture and history of glasses. The museum is established in a traditional building from 1620 and is managed by 4th generation glasses shop owner Myke Teunissen. This is a really fun museum, you should visit!
Electric Lady Land
The Electric Ladyland is the first museum of Fluorescent Art. It houses a large
room-sized Fluorescent Environment that the visitor enters and becomes a part of the piece of Art.
The Museum of Bags and Purses
The Museum of Bags and Purses shows the history of the Western bag from the 16th century to the present day. The collection offers a fascinating insight into the development of the bag through the centuries in its function, shape, material and decoration. The museum is housed in a magnificent building dating from 1664 on the Herengracht in the centre of Amsterdam
This museum is all about the Dutch author Multatuli (1820-1887), writer of the famous novel Max Havelaar (1860). It has exhibitions that throw more light on the life of the author and on aspects of his work, and collects, conserves and makes available books and other printed material to promote and stimulate the study of Multatuli.
The Erotic Museum is situated in the middle of the Red Light district at the Oudezijds Achterbrugwal. It has an artistic view over erotics and a large collection of equipment, paintings, sculptures, books and postcards from all over the world in a five floor building.
Max Euwe Chess Museum
Max Euwe (1901-1981) was the first and only Dutch world champion chess. This museum shows an outline of the development of chess and Euwe’s career, various objects from his inheritance, exhibitions and chess movies. An absolute must for people who like a good old game of chess.
The Cat Cabinet (Kattenkabinet)
The Cat Cabinet gives a good view on the role the Cat has in art and culture through the centuries. It shows paintings of Sal Meijer, Henriëtte Ronner-Knip, Théophile Steinlen and many more. If you like Cats, you should visit this museum.
The Pianola Museum
The Pianola Museum has a collection of automatic pianos and related objects. There are over 20.000 music rolls in the museum archive. Nearly all of them can be played on the different instruments in the museum.
De Appel Arts Centre
De Appel is an internationally oriented arts centre located in Amsterdam. Since 1975 it has functioned as a site for the research and presentation of contemporary visual art through exhibitions, publications and discursive events. It has many different exhibitions.
The Houseboat Museum
The Houseboat Museum gives you the unique chance to personally experience how exactly life is on board a houseboat in an Amsterdam canal. It is situated at the Prinsengracht canal on the edge of the Jordaan in Amsterdam. On board you can see how this authentic barge was converted to a comfortable houseboat, provided with authentic skipper’s quarters with sleeping bunk, sizable livingroom, kitchen and bathroom.
Did I miss any?
Did you visit a small but fun museum in Amsterdam that I forgot to tell you about? Please feel free to comment on this post and tell us about that museum!