The Amsterdam Hermitage is a museum that is something of a sister of the St. Petersburg Hermitage, which is amongst the largest museums in the world. Formerly a home for elderly women, and then also elderly men, it was recently redeveloped into a museum. It holds temporary exhibitions from all over, presenting the collections of other museums here in Amsterdam and abroad.
The Heineken Experience is another one of those oft-recommended attractions for visitors to Amsterdam. While it was the actual brewery until 1988, now it is a well-manufactured, high-tech visitor experience showing the history and the process of making “premium quality” Heineken beer. And a lot about the branding. Mustn’t forget that.
One of the standard must-do things for many tourists visiting Amsterdam who spend all of their time in the city centre is a visit to a coffee shop to get stoned. This could then be quite naturally followed up with a trip to the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum which will take you through the history of the Devil’s Lettuce.
Foam calls itself a museum only in passing, and in reality it lies in the area that is somewhere in between a museum and a photography exhibition space. It presents a changing set of exhibitions that can tell stories of a contemporary or historical nature, particularly artistic or more documentary, and when I visited it had all ends of these spectrums covered.
Electric Ladyland bills itself as the first and only museum of fluorescent art, and it sure isn’t like anything else I’ve come across. It may also be the most hippy place I’ve ever been to. The museum contains paintings, sculptures, equipment, minerals, and yourself, best viewed under strong UV lamps for the greatest effect.
The Erotic Museum sits in the middle of Amsterdam’s (in)famous Red Light District. It has four floors, containing various erotically-themed things. There is a lot of art, both modern and historical, displays, books, toys, magazines, equipment, and so on. This post contains pictures from there, and may be NSFW.
Amsterdam has had a long history with trams, the first line (line 1) being horse-drawn, and opening in 1875. By around twenty years later, most of it was electrified. Nowadays, electric trams are a major part of getting around Amsterdam, especially when it’s raining or your bike is stolen. The Electric Tramway Museum keeps and maintains a bunch of old trams from Amsterdam and elsewhere, and lets you ride in them!
The Diamond Museum starts at the beginning, with the creation of diamonds under the crust of the earth, proceeds to the manufacture of the sparkly things you see, and finishes with their uses. In this respect, it something of an odd place, as it has quite a lot of space to fill and starts with a chronological history, but ends with a show-case of sparkles.
In the city of Den Bosch (aka ‘s-Hertogenbosch), about 500 years ago, a famous painter died. Known as Jheronimus Bosch, he was a painter and draughtsman. Now, for the first time in hundreds of years, a large portion of his works have returned to Den Bosch and are on display at the Noord Brabant museum.