Hey! Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. I've spent the last few days planning my next trip and ive stumbled over a few Museums that are not on the usual Top Ten Lists & Amsterdam Trip Blogs. I thought I'd give you a little lowdown on a few of the 'Must Visit' ones so you can add them to your lists.
ELECTRIC LADYLAND - www.electric-lady-land.com.
Situated in the Jordaan distict, 5 mins walk from Anne Frank's House is this hidden gem. From the outside it looks like any other retail shop with its green foliage and window displays, but inside....this is the first ever museum of fluorescence that opened way back in 1999 and specialises in Minerals and Artwork that fluoresce under UV Light. Costing just 5 Euro's to visit, this basement museum is filled with unique and quirky works that literally glow in the dark. A completely out of this world experience that is a must. Photos are permitted and they invite visitors to actually walk into some of the exhibition pieces becoming Art themselves.
(Photo Credit: Nick Padalino)
HOUSEBOAT MUSEUM AMSTERDAM - www.houseboatmuseum.nl
After seeing the canals full of houseboats and barges, I am sure you are just like me and would love to go on board one and have a look around. Built in 1914 and restored in 2008, this former working barge is now a museum open to the public. Situated on Prinsengracht, not too far from Anne Frank's this boat is full of history and atmosphere. Experience the cosy feel and dont forget to sign their Visitors Book! This is a self guided experience and lasts 10-15minutes, well worth the 4.50 Euro's or free with a I AMsterdam Card (If you pop on their site and print off the coupon you get an extra 1 Euro discount).
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KATTEN KABINET - www.kattenkabinet.nl
Cat Lover's cannot visit Amsterdam without coming to this amazing 17th Century canal house dedicated to the history of the Cat. Each room is full of wonderous Cat Paintings, Sculptures and other Cat themed objects plus a few real furry friends roaming about too. Situated on Herengracht this beautiful house built in 1667 was used in the film Ocean's Twelve, it has a stunning ballroom is a must visit whether you like Cats or not. At 10 Euro's the ticket price is pretty reasonable too.
(Photo Credit: Katten Kabinet)
TASSEN MUSEUM OF BAGS - www.tassenmuseum.nl
Just fifteen mins walk from Rijks Museum is Tassen, a museum with of over 5000 Handbags, Luggage items and Purses. Some dating back from as far as mid 16th Century, the museum attracts over 70,000 visitors each year. At 13 Euros or 10 booked online in advance, it offers great value and one fo your list. The museum is also quite famous for its luxurious High Tea in the amazing restaurant which is decorated from the Dutch Golden Age with high ceilings covered in murals dating back from the 17th and 18th Century. High Tea prices range from 32 to 48 Euros (this includes museum entry) and it is advised to make a reservation in advance. A perfect place to celebrate a special occassion.
(Photo Credit: Tassen Museum)
HOUSE OF BOLS - www.bols.com
Fancy a Cocktail? Ever wondered about the history of the Cocktail and Generver? Well wonder no more! The House Of Bols Experience takes you through the history, shows you the art of flavour and introduces your senses to their Hall Of Taste. This all leads to the gorgeous Mirror Bar where you can use the technology on offer to find your perfect Cocktail and then one of the brilliant Mixologists will make it for you. Entrance prices start at 16 Euros but this does include one free Cocktail. Make sure you stop off at the gift shop on your way out too for some great Bols souvenirs including their signature glasses. You can also sign up to their Cocktail making classes if you want to try your hand.
(Photo Credit: LucasBols.com)