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Amsterdam Sex Museum
Amsterdam Sex Museum
#About the Museum

Amsterdam is known for its liberal atmosphere and freedom. It is not unique to find museums having to do with sex around the world, and so in Amsterdam you will also find this type of museum, but it is important to emphasis that there is no cheap porn here, it is rather interesting and artistic.

The museum was opened in 1985, operating for more than 20 years, is in a building that was built in the 17th century. It is divided into 3 floors, and on each one you can see displays and different exhibits about sex - from the Greek Empire, to the Roman, up to today. The museum holds its high standards among the sex museums around the world.

A wide collection was collected by the owner of the museum for personal use. Here you can see photos, drawings, artistic items, life-like statues and audio portions, clothing and erotica. All these have to do with the history of sex.

The museum has different exhibit rooms, with different people's names. Each room has background noises and creative art. An interesting room is the "Marquis de Sade" room, where you will hear a woman screaming in pleasure from the speakers. The Marquis de Sade was an author and philosopher that is mostly known thanks to his pornographic novels, and Sadism that was named after him.

The original name of the museum is the "Temple of Venus," named after the Goddess of gardens and vineyards of Roman mythology. At the entrance to the museum you can see the wax sculpture of Venus, in addition to some other fascinating statues, including Marilyn Monroe and her flouncing skirt, or male genital.

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Body Worlds Amsterdam
Body Worlds Amsterdam
#About the Museum

In 2008, Queen Beatrix dedicated a particularly interesting museum, which to this day is among the few in its field in the world - the Body World Museum, dedicated to the human body. The purpose of the Amsterdam Body World Museum is to take visitors on a fascinating journey of discovery and understanding of what makes people happy and the impact of happiness on our health through the learning of the human body.

The Body Worlds Museum will take you on a fascinating and educational tour of the human body. The museum is built so that on each floor you come to another area of ​​the body, study and delve into it. To enhance the experience, you can tour the muscles, the heart, the digestive system, the structure of the oral cavity, and more, while playing relevant and even 3D videos and audio clips with 3-D glasses, 3D movies and moving chairs.

More than 200 anatomical models of human bodies show the complexity, strength and vulnerability of the body. They show visitors how the organs work and how the body is affected by common diseases.

The tour is educational and recommended for children, as it encourages proper nutrition and the preservation of the human body.

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Amsterdam City Archives
Amsterdam City Archives
#About the Municipal Archive of the Capital of the Netherlands

The archive offers an opportunity to be exposed to the history of the city of Amsterdam. This is done through official documents, letters and even audio materials. Among the fascinating documents here is a report about Anne Frank's bicycle theft in 1942 (she also mentioned it in her diary), a photograph of the Dutch entrepreneur Freddie Heineken in 1976, the student registration card of renowned footballer Johann Cruyff in 1947, and more.

It is likely that any book ever written about Amsterdam can be found in the archives. This is in addition to magazines and newspapers, some of which are 350 years old. There are more than 700,000 photos and a few thousand listings. It is the largest municipal archive in the world, and its exhibits are spread over shelves with a total length of 49 km.

The archive belongs to the government of Amsterdam. It also follows the way in which the various departments in the administrative structure of Amsterdam manages their archives and promise to preserve documents of importance to the history of the city.
Resistance Museum
#About the Museum

This historical museum (Verzetsmuseum) tells the story of the Dutch people during World War II (1940-1945). The Dutch underground was an movement that opposed the Nazi occupation during the war. Through the intelligence it gathered, media networks were created that sabotaged the Nazi forces and helped to liberate the state from the Nazi regime.

In a permanent exhibit at the museum, you can learn about the life of the people through actions taken by the underground: strikes by the people, forgery of documents, opposition to power, underground journalism and more. You can watch amazing authentic materials from that period: recordings of speeches, documents, letters and pictures. You will learn about the different conflicts and stories of private individuals in all the commotion.

The founders of the museum emphasized the creation of an authentic atmosphere through visual means - to enable the visitor to take an integral part in the dilemmas of daily life under occupation.

Other colonists who receive expression here are the Dutch settlers in the colonies (especially those near India) controlled by the Japanese occupation. The children and their lives under German occupation also appear here. You can see their belongings, hear about their personal stories and be exposed to original displays from that time.

About 15,000 children visit the museum each year.

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Museums in Amsterdam

Allard Pierson Museum
Allard Pierson Museum
#About the Museum of Archeology

The Allard Pierson Museum is the Museum of Archeology at the University of Amsterdam. It displays works of art and useful tools that came straight from ancient Egypt, the Far East, ancient Greece and Rome. You can also see examples of temples, ancient buildings, mummies, sarcophagi and ribbons that show the process of mummifying. Like many Amsterdam buildings, it is also located on the banks of the canal.

The museum was founded in 1934 and was named after Professor Allard Pierson, who was the first lecturer of archeology at the University of Amsterdam. Many of the items he collected over the years were acquired by the university after his death and are now exhibited here at the Allard Pierson Museum. Here are the plaster replicas he collected, sculptures and architectural elements from the Middle East, Greece and Italy. Other artifacts discovered by other archeology lecturers are also exhibited here, such as archaeologist Jan Six, are also on display at the museum.

Despite the museum's interest in archeology, it has a lot of experience in presenting innovation and connections to the 21st century. The renovations made here bring innovation, while trying to preserve the historical structure and authenticity. Beyond displays and permanent exhibits, there are also temporary exhibitions that change from time to time.

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Cobra Museum
Cobra Museum
#About the Museum

The Cobra Museum, a museum for modern art in Amsterdam, was founded in 1995. In the museum you can see photos from the Cobra movement, that caused a revolution in Holland in 1974. Cobra is an avant-garde artistic movement that operated in northern Europe between 1948 and 1952.

This is a large and impressive museum. The name of the museum is a combination of the three cities where donators came from: Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam. The museum displays a wide variety of pieces by Dutch artists from different periods. You will see works of art and documentary materials.
Diamond museum
Diamond Museum
#About the Museum

Amsterdam is a major center for diamond exchanges. True, not everyone can afford to own many of these, and this is why this museum is worth a visit.

The Diamond Museum displays different looks and colors: starting from jewelry and rocks from different time periods, all diamonds of course. Notice the variety of diamond crowns, rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings, some were worn in the past by famous women in history.

The museum is small but straight to the point. During your visit you can watch a movie that explains the process of making the jewelry, combining mineral readings and the final diamond product, after polish. You can also learn the history of diamonds and their origins, and even see diamond polishers at work.

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Hermitage Amsterdam
Hermitage Amsterdam
#About the Museum

The museum is a branch of the main Hermitage Museum located in Russia. It is located in an ancient building built in 1681, the Hamstelhof building. The building was designed by the city's architect Hans Petersom and included a cellar, two floors and an attic. Originally, it served as a nursing home for women only and later men joined in as well (in 1719).

In the early 1990's, the director of the Hermitage Museum in Russia proposed the establishment of another branch in Western Europe. The choice of Amsterdam was due to the similarity between the two cities (St. Petersburg and Amsterdam). It was decided to stop the operation of the old-age home and to turn the building into educational purposes.

The official opening of the museum took place in 2009 and today it is one of the most special museums in the city. It presents changing exhibitions related to European, Russian and other historical art. The museum's total area is about 13,000 square meters and its main purpose is to make museum collections accessible to people.

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Museum Willet-Holthuysen
Museum Willet-Holthuysen
#About the Residential Building that Became a Family Museum

The Willet-Holthuysen Museum is actually a beautiful residential home from the 18th century. It was built in the Baroque style and is a model for merchant homes from this time period in Holland. It is located on the banks of the Herengracht canal in Amsterdam. The building was originally built for Jacob Hop, who was the mayor of Amsterdam at the time, but was also used to house future mayors of the city.

In 1858 Louisa Willet-Holthuysen donated the house to the city of Amsterdam in order to make it a museum. The building's gardens is one of its greatest attributes, and includes all types of historical plants and pots.

Inside the residential building, which today is used as a museum, you can see house appliances and art that used to belong to Abraham and Louisa Willet-Holthuysen. Among them are items like: silverware, plates and furniture decorated with English gold. On the first floor you can see the kitchen and garden, on the second floor the living rooms, and on the third floor the bedrooms. Everything has been exactly replicated. The walls of the apartment display paintings by Jacob de Wit, and the rest of the space is taken up by porcelain and silver ornaments.

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Museum Van Loon
#About the Museum

The Van Loon family was a well-known noble family, they were merchants and politians. This family's history is intertwined with Holland's history. Family members were mayors of Amsterdam, President of the Dutch East Indies Company, one of the most important companies in Holland's history, and especially during this period in history.

The luxurious house has been turned into a museum that accurately depicts who the nobel family lived during those times. As opposed to museums that showcase curated art and collections, the Van Loon exhibits what was in the house during the time the noble family lived here, including the house itself, and the private gardens that were used by the fancy family.

The house lays on the banks of the Keizersgracht canal. It was built in 1672, and the first resident of the house was Ferdinand Bol, an understudy to the famous Rembrandt. Only in the 19th century the house was owned by the famous family, the Van Loons, that this museum is named after.

In the museum you can see embroidered carpets, silverware, delicate porcelain items, ancient furniture, and a beautifully designed garden that is preciously looked after. All parts of luxury living remain here today, from Holland's best periods.

The museum also hosts temporary exhibits and the well-decorate house make the exhibit worth the visit.

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Pipe Museum
#About the Museum

Like smoking pipes? The Dutch smoking Pipe Museum in Amsterdam began as a private collection in 1969. Between the years 1975 and 1982 the collection was showcased in the art gallery Frederiksplein, in Amsterdam, and its emphasis was about clay pipes that Holland was famous for.

In 1982 the museum moved to Leiden, where it was a public museum until 1995. The entire collection was expanded with historic and international ethnographic items. The museum published research that it had conducted regarding scientific historical facts.

In 1995 the museum moved to its current location, where you are standing right now. It is located in a typical canal home that was built in the 1680 between Leidseplein and the National Museum.

The museum has a wide variety of pipes, among them are artworks like carved pipes, and ceramic handmade pipes. When the Tobacco Neimeyer Museum (established by the longstanding tobacco firm Neimeyer) was closed in 2011, the Pipe Museum bought about 400 items from their collection before the public auctions.

The museum today has about 25,000 items that have been collected for more than 2,500 years. The items, collected from all of Holland's previous colonies, are stored in 17 different locations. They are divided by material, production techniques, their different uses and their origin. The museum is considered a leader around the world in terms of collections and publicized research, using books from its mass library of several thousand books

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Museum of Bags and Purses
#About the Museum

The Museum of Bags and Purses (Tassen Museum) is an amazing place where you can see endless numbers of designer bags from around the world. The building is located in a historic building, and has five floors with extensive bag and wallet collections. Here you can see and learn about fashion, and the history of bag fashion - beginning with the bags of the European nobility, all the way to golden sewn bags with gemstones, and more.

It is interesting to see the history in the materials used for the bags, colors, and shapes. Among the items you will see bags by famous designers like Versace, Coco Chanel, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and more. Today the museum collects items from all over the world- starting with hand bags, evening bags, luggages, and more. The stories behind the bags are not any less interesting than the bags themselves.

#Examples for Display Items

Bags of French cards for amateur gamblers, wallets of letters that women gave to their husbands with their pictures so they would miss them, wedding gift purses that contained coins for the couple. There were often 13 coins, symbolizing Jesus and the twelve apostles.

There are special purses from the 1930's, such as bags in the form of the ship Normandy, designed by fashion designer Elsa Shafarelli in the 1930's, commissioned by the shipping company and distributed to the first class passengers on board. Next to them are shoe-shaped wallets, crabs, magazines, an envelope and a pot ...

In the temporary exhibitions you can see something else every time, like modern men's bags that look like futuristic pods, knight hats or crystals and minerals or male sporting bags from different exhibitions.

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Rembrandt House Museum
#About the Museum

The Rembrandt House Museum (Museum het Rembrandthuis), located in the Jewish Quarter, is home to the painter Rembrandt van Rijn. He lived here for 20 years, between the years 1639-1659 and now serves as a museum for the commemoration of his life and work.

The building was built in 1600. At that time, where the young painter was newly married, he lived in this respectable middle-class neighborhood. Among the Jews living in the quarter, Rembrandt was able to find inspiration in the creation of his famous biblical images.

Rembrandt was also known for his amazing engravings. They were very sought after and their printing in books revealed his work in all directions. The exhibits in the museum explain the complex creation process of the etching. Rembrandt took advantage of the method of engraving with a flexible hand and dealt with all kinds of subjects - from magical leaps to Biblical subjects.

At the end of the 19th century the museum was renovated, and in 1911 it was opened and dedicated entirely to Rembrandt's art. The museum has 260 works out of the 290 works Rembrandt painted in his life. You can also see the self portraits that he used to paint, which allow you to dive into his inner feelings. It is apparent that at the beginning of the publication and the glory of his face he was full of confidence and pleasure, while in the later pictures he seemed more restrained and closed.

The place is very authentic and allows you to enter the artist's life story and imagine him walking around the studio and passing his time with his family. Welcome to the family!

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#About the Museum

This impressive anthropology museum is one of the largest in Holland and probably one of the most interesting. It contains eight permanent exhibitions and is run by the Royal Institute for Tropical Area Studies. The museum is located in an impressive and beautiful building with a number of floors, containing more than 340,000 pieces.

Out of the vast number of works, you can find 175,000 items and objects, over 155,000 photographic materials (photographs, albums, slides and negatives) and about 10,000 other diverse exhibits, such as drawings and documents.

The museum was established in the 19th century and its primary purpose was to present the early arts of the Dutch colonies. Over time, the exhibits were replaced by interactive exhibitions aimed at presenting third world cultures and their daily lives. To complete the experience, visitors are given musical instruments, costumes and masks, games, various sculptures, stuffed animals, art objects and more.

The museum tour experience is certainly suitable for the whole family, but it is important to emphasize that all the activities that take place in the museum are in Dutch.

#About the Museum's Exhibits

Africa - A display of exhibits from the African regions south of the Sahara - 12 cultures from 20 different countries. You can learn about the history of Africa from the days of European colonialism until the independence of countries in the middle of the 20th century.

Latin America - In this exhibit you can learn about the culture of Latin America and the Dutch colonies of the region. You will learn about the fascinating encounter between Indian, Spanish, Dutch and African culture.

Humans and the Environment - In this exhibit you will learn about the most exciting tropical life - rainforest, savannah, beaches and cities in these areas.

East Indies - In this exhibit you will learn about the colonial history of the Netherlands in the Dutch East Indies (a Dutch colony formed from several colonies)

Papua New Guinea - You can see religious objects and ceremonial objects coming directly from Papua New Guinea (a country located on the island of New Guinea north of Australia) and the changes that took place in its interesting culture during the 20th century.

West Asia and North Africa - In this exhibit you will learn about the Muslim culture, history and development of Islam in the North African region. Particular emphasis is placed here on the technology and science that developed during the Golden Age of Islam in Spain and North Africa. Note the spectacular reconstruction of the traditional buildings and the traditional Yemenite living quarters.

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Bible Museum
#About the Museum

The charming little Bible Museum (Bijbels Museum) of Amsterdam is one of the most important places for the three religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It is located in two houses on the banks of the Herengracht Canal, called "Cromhout Houses." The houses were built by architect Philips Vingboons.

In the museum you will find Bibles, including the first Bible printed in 1477 in the Netherlands and the first edition of the first official Bible of the Netherlands in 1637. Copies of Isaiah and the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in the Qumran caves, a famous archaeological site near the Dead Sea, are also here.

Among the exhibits in the museum you will see archaeological exhibits originating in ancient Egypt. Among them are oil lamps, clay tablets, tools and coins. There are also two kitchens built in the 17th century. Note also the ceiling paintings by the Dutch painter Jakob de Witt.

Among the models you can see in the museum is a model of the Temple Mount, a model of the Temple built by King Solomon and a model of the Temple built by Herod. The raw materials used to build these models are the same materials used in reality. Another fascinating model is the Ark of the Covenant that wandered with the Israelites in the desert for 40 years.

In the museum garden there are biblical plants, including spices whose purpose was to disperse odors, and add to the atmosphere of a temple or ceremonies that were customary at that time.

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Heineken Experience
#About the Museum

The beer! - How much do we love that golden colored glass with sparkling bubbles. All beer enthusiasts, the Heineken Experience is the perfect attraction, it combines the two things people love most - a good tour, and a beer!

It's true, this place is a museum, but the beer company remains to emphasis the "experience" that touches all sense. The museum is located in Amsterdam, in a building that was used as Heineken's first brewery between 1867 - 1988.

The museum was opened to the public in 1991 and became popular decently fast. It displays the history of the brewery and different ways of making beer. If you take a tour at the museum, which is about half an hour long, you can see the beer making process all the way from beginning, to the beer glass. The museum also has two bars, where you can sit and drink the refreshing beer, and learn about how it's served.

In 2009 the museum underwent a massive renovation, and today there are modern technology advancements made to the production process. The combination between this new renovation, together with the older architecture style, 19th century, is what makes this place so charming. Recommended for beer lovers!

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The Mondriaan House
#About the Mondriaan Museum

If you ever arrive in the town of Amersfoort, near Amsterdam, visit the Mondriaan Museum (Mondriaanhuis), a museum named after Mondriaan, a native of the talented city who gained fame and became one of the great masters of abstract painting.

The museum presents the life history and development of Mondrian's style, the famous Modernist painter in his geometric paintings, based on the primary colors, blue, red and yellow and the black lines.

The museum presents realistic works from his youth, landscapes he painted in his studies in Amsterdam and won many sales, paintings he painted when he moved to Paris under the influence of cubism that swept him to modernism, his paintings during his partnership with the De Steele art and design group, works from his time in New York, his connection to jazz music, music he loved especially and the revolution he created in the world of painting and its enormous effects on the art of the 20th century.

#Important Tips

If you wish to visit the house, you must book a visit at least one week before arrival.

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Jewish Historical Museum Amsterdam
# About the Museum

The Museum of Jewish History is located in Amsterdam and presents the history of Judaism, in the Netherlands in particular and throughout the world in general. It opened in 1932 in Newmarket Square. However, during World War II, when the Netherlands was conquered by the Nazis, the museum was closed for lack of choice and most of its collections were lost.

In 1966 the synagogue complex returned to the local authorities and the museum was opened there. The museum has a variety of exhibits that describe important topics related to Judaism: from religious holidays and ceremonies, through the Holocaust and Zionism to the history of the Jewish community. The museum also has a special wing for children.

The number of items in the museum reaches 11,000 exhibits, but despite the large quantity, only 5% of the total items are displayed each time. On the first floor you can see religious objects. Anyone who is interested in Jewish customs and traditions can find sufficient explanations here. The museum has a large synagogue, where you can learn about the history of Jews living in the Netherlands from 1600 to 1890. In the adjacent synagogue hall, you can watch an exhibition depicting the history of Dutch Jewry in the 20th century. Beyond the exhibits, there are also many historical documents and photographs, books and pamphlets, listening and viewing materials.

In 1989, the Museum won the Council of Europe Prize for its unique collections, unique structure and presentation of the items.

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Houseboat Museum
#About the Museum

You have reached one of the more interesting museums in the world, where you can experience a tour on a real boat, anchored in one of Amsterdam's canals. The museum allows a glimpse into the lives of people who decided to live on water, in house boats located in Amsterdam's canals.

The museum in 1914 was on a cargo ship that was used to transfer sand and rocks, called the Hendrika Maria. Until the 1960's the boat was used for its cargo purposes, however in 1967 it was turned into a museum and many of the original items were remained untouched.

Feel free to take photos of this interesting way of life. In the museum you will find children's toys and a cafe.
Amsterdam Tulip Museum
#About the Museum

It is not just a special museum for tulip flowers in Amsterdam. Each year, at the beginning of spring, the countryside of the Netherlands is painted with vibrant colors of tulips. The Tulip Museum in Amsterdam is dedicated to this colorful and charming flower. It presents the history of the Tulips in the Netherlands and explains the economic power it had in the 17th century in the Netherlands.

The museum is not very large and its size reaches 2,200 square meters, but you can find a lot of knowledge, including how the flower bulbs were used as food during the wars, the roots of the Tulip flower in Turkey and even the techniques of breeding and reproduction, a theater and a small shop where you can buy souvenirs for yourself.

#The Colorful Madness

When tulips arrived in Holland at the end of the 16th century, they became especially popular among the upper classes. This period was the golden age of Holland in the early 17th century, during which the trade in these flowers increased significantly.

The first documented flowering of the tulips was in 1594, in the Botanical Garden of Hortus. Due to the Dutch economic downturn in the first half of the 17th century, competition began between the tulip towers - who will have the most beautiful tulip. People were willing to pay extra money for the flowers. Slowly the flowers became expensive and the annual income in the Netherlands rose at the same time. At the height of the tulip craze, in 1637, the price of flowers was more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman.

The noise around the flowers began to rise and a great deal of madness began to surround the subject. It was a real economic bubble because people began to sell land, houses and valuables to invest in tulips, until the market collapsed and people lost a fortune.

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Vereniging Museumhaven
#About Amsterdam's Open Harbor Museum

When you're near the Nemo Museum, peek out at the dock next to you. Where you can see the collection of ancient ships of Amsterdam. Calling it a museum is a little amusing, because it does not give any information or content, beyond peeking at the ancient ships, but the truth is that it is a fascinating sight that brings back to childhood memories of films we loved to see.

Either way, you can see here a collection of 20 ancient ships, a marine view of the ships anchored in the harbor - a nice place for lovers of marine history.

There is a wide variety of ships here, from more or less ancient sails to old service ships and more respectable motor boats.

The harbor where these ancient ships dock was once the port of the Dutch navy, from which the well-known merchant ships of the Dutch Empire emerged in the 17th century.

The ships are anchored, as noted, between the Nemo Museum and the Maritime Museum of Amsterdam, so it is natural for ship enthusiasts to continue to them as well. Enjoy!
Amstelkring Museum
NEMO Museum
Het Hollands Kaasmuseum
Foam Amsterdam

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