Nationaal Brilmuseum | National Museum of Spectacles

Like many of Amsterdam’s museums, the Nationaal Brilmuseum (National Museum of Spectacles) is a shop and a museum in one. Unlike many of those, the museum is actually a thing in its own right, as opposed to just something to get people into the shop. On the ground floor you can buy vintage but unworn frames for yourself, but upstairs there are two floors which take you through the history of glasses, from the early wooden nose-pinching ones, through opera and safety glasses, to those that could be confused for weird butterflies.

Anne Frank Huis

The Anne Frank House is one of those places that is considered a must-see in Amsterdam, and this reputation is quite justified. It tells a story that is both personal and terrible, and provides a depth of insight into a period of history that goes much further than most historical accounts of things of this nature. In particular, it (along with the diary) takes a slice of the life of a young girl, rather than attempting to be a historical resource to teach you about events. This makes it both more accessible, and more tragic.

Bijbels Museum

The Biblical Museum isn’t a large museum, but it is densely packed with historical items and replicas that cover the Christian religious history of Amsterdam and the Netherlands.

Amsterdam Tulip Museum

The early seventeenth century was a pretty strange time in the Netherlands. Tulip mania was all around, livelihoods were being built up, merchants were raking it in, and then it all came crashing down. So it’s quite natural that someone made a Tulip Museum to capitalise on this.

Amsterdam Museum

The Amsterdam Museum is, as the name suggests, focussed on the city of Amsterdam, and its history. It’s exhibitions cover the thousand years from Amsterdam land being reclaimed to the modern day, and the people that were (and are) part of it.

Amsterdam Dungeon

The Amsterdam Dungeon is not something I’d put on a Wikipedia list of museums, but it was there and so I went. Ostensibly it’s historical, and it does cover some of the history of Amsterdam. But you’re not going to learn all that much. What it really is, is a somewhat interactive “house of horrors” type event, where the theme is the more violent or gruesome elements of Amsterdam’s history.

eMusic/J 0.27 released

The first update of eMusic/J in about 4 years has been released. Nothing exciting about it, it just fixes some compatibility issues with newer Java things on Windows and Linux. Download it here.

YubiKey logins with SSH

I have just acquired a YubiKey (the standard one) and wanted to use it to provide 2-factor authentication for SSH. In case I lose the key, I also want a fallback option so I don’t lose access to the server. The documentation for this seems a bit scattered, so here’s my reference for how I… Read More »