About the MuseumIt 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 MadnessWhen 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.