The Most Unusual Museums in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is deservedly called the city of museums, because there are located more than 400 museums and art galleries. Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, home of the Anne Frank Museum and the city – this is an incomplete list of the most popular museums in the Dutch capital. However, in Amsterdam there are other smaller museums such as the Museum of coffee, glasses, piano, diamond, cheese, beer, bags and many more. We offer you the most bizarre of them.

Museum Frolík

The Most Unusual Museums in Amsterdam

1. The museum Frolik is an amazing collection of pathological exhibits abnormal embryos, strange skulls and bones and other anatomical abnormalities that brings together Gerard Frolic, one of the greatest in the history of Dutch scientists.

The Most Unusual Museums in Amsterdam

2. Willem Frolic was a pioneer in the field of Teratology – the science of ugliness. It was quite a popular subject among scientists XVIII and XIX centuries. Willem has published several books on the subject and put together a lot of exhibits.

The Most Unusual Museums in Amsterdam

3. After the death of Frolík collection bought a group of Dutch citizens, who referred her to the city authorities for the auction. Later, an amazing collection hit the store at the University of Amsterdam.

The Most Unusual Museums in Amsterdam

4. Today, the Museum exhibits and Frolik are from other collections that have been added here for more than a century of existence of the museum.

Museum of Torture

The Most Unusual Museums in Amsterdam

5. Torture Museum is dedicated to the history of human cruelty. Exhibits are presented in a maze of small, dark rooms, creating a dark and eerie atmosphere.

The Most Unusual Museums in Amsterdam

6. In the museum you can see a lot of interesting accessories – from such well-known items like the guillotine, to less famous, such as the infamous flute. The museum also presents Skull Breaker, chair of Judas, machine broken on the wheel, etc.

The Most Unusual Museums in Amsterdam

7. Some of the exhibits are unique and ancient, but there are also modern reconstruction started on models from old books and texts. Some of the exhibits are behind glass, but many can be touched.

Museum of Sex

The Most Unusual Museums in Amsterdam

8. Museum of Sex is located next to the central station of Amsterdam, and each year attracts more than 500,000 visitors. The museum houses an interesting collection of books on human sexual relationships: paintings, photographs, figurines, plates and many other items. Here you can see the plaster figure of Venus at the entrance and a wax statue of Mata Hari in full growth, as well as Marilyn Monroe. From unseen speakers and then hear the sounds of the steam engine, mixed with exciting women’s moans.

Museum of marijuana, cannabis and hemp

The Most Unusual Museums in Amsterdam

9. This museum, as you’ve probably guessed, is devoted to cannabis and its use. Museum visitors will find information about the historical and modern use of cannabis for medical, religious and cultural purposes.

The Most Unusual Museums in Amsterdam

10. The museum also shows how hemp can be used for agricultural and industrial purposes, such as tailoring and creating accessories.

The Most Unusual Museums in Amsterdam

11. The museum has a “garden” live hemp in various stages of growth, as well as a collection bulbulyatorov and mouthpieces, the Dutch Bible 1836 from hemp and many other predmety.V museum also has works of art, including a painting by David Teniers the Younger, “Peasants smoking weed” ( 1660).

Tattoo Museum

The Most Unusual Museums in Amsterdam

12. Tattoo Museum opened in Amsterdam in November 2011. It is dedicated to the history of tattoo art, and artifacts gathered here from all over the world, including needles, old signs, pictures, finished designs of tattoos and posters freak show.

The Most Unusual Museums in Amsterdam

13. The museum also has a little creepy exhibits – a tattoo made, for example, porcine or human skin. For example, here is a piece of skin taken from the armpits whaler XIX century, which depicts a portrait of his beloved and Christ. The museum has over 40,000 exhibits. It was founded by Henk Shiffmaher, which is still his manager.

The Most Unusual Museums in Amsterdam

14. Exhibitions organized by continent and region – Africa, America, Oceania, Asia. In addition, the museum presents the history of tattoos and their traditions in different subcultures of society – prison tattoo, army, marine, tattoo prostitutes, etc. Did not escape the attention here and famous tattoo artists.

Cat’s office

The Most Unusual Museums in Amsterdam

15. Cat’s office is entirely devoted, as you know, cats. The museum was founded in 1990 by William Meyer, wealthy Dutchman who would thus preserve the memory of his cat Tom. The museum displays paintings, drawings, sculptures and other works by Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Corneille and others. The museum is also home to five cats.

Museum of Funeral

The Most Unusual Museums in Amsterdam

16. Dutch funeral museum opened in 2007, and it is completely dedicated to the culture of burial in the Netherlands, as well as the history of burial. Here you can find a large variety of coffins, including these ceremonial carriage XIX century. Among the exhibits – hearses, obituaries, funeral attire and memorial services. The museum is also dedicated to the historical burial customs – from royal ceremonies to rural graves that have not changed even with the passage of centuries.

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