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Micropia is a museum of microbes. It walks you through the stories behind this largely invisible but hugely important class of organisms, with primarily interactive exhibitions and displays delving into the detail of all manner of tiny things.

Het Glazen Huis

Het Glazen Huis is a small art gallery with regularly changing exhibitions located in the Amstelpark. The exhibition during my visit was “Reading by Osmosis”, a showcase of nature interpreting the works of humans.

Hermitage Amsterdam

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.

Heineken Experience

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.

Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum

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 (Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam)

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.

EYE Film Museum

If you’ve been to Amsterdam Centraal Station recently, and looked north across the river IJ, you will have seen the EYE Film Museum. A white, oddly shaped, non-rectilinear polygon of a building that houses a museum, exhibitions, cinemas, a restaurant, and extensive film-related collections.

Electric Ladyland

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.

Erotic Museum

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.