Lifestyle museums, exhibits and tourist attractions
Amsterdam is the only world’s city in the Netherlands. An ancient financial and commerce center, an important sea harbor and an communication midpoint, the old city is also an incredible tourist magnet. Throughout the centuries Dutch people living here accepted foreigners, gave them refuge and protection.
The lifestyle of Amsterdam inhabitants is today a mixture of strong Dutch traditions with elements of everyday culture brought by trade, travels to the distant lands and by immigration. Amsterdam is a Dutch capital of beer with its Heineken Experience, important city for flower production with its everyday flower exchange in Aalsmeer and an interesting though small Tulip Museum. Lovers of Dutch cheese will find the Cheese Museum, smokers have their Pipe Cabinet. Cats are favorite pets here and of course, there is a museum dedicated to them - Cats Cabinet. The Dutch have also a museum about diamonds – the Diamond Museum, a museum on hash and marijuana, a museum about tea and coffee and one about the funeral ceremonies – the Funeral Museum. Amsterdam museums reflect the style of life of its people.
Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam
An old brewery in the home town of the producer of one of the world’s favorite beers, operates today as the Heineken company museum and an amusement gallery for the adult beer lovers. While the museum exhibit and the old brewery are impressive, on top of Heineken pilsner, which always tastes excellent, you may also like the Heineken Experience attractions.
Prinsensgracht 112, 1015 EA Amsterdam
A cheese shop located nearby Anne Frank House with almost 100 different sorts of the famous Dutch cheese with a small museum exhibit in the cellar.
Herengracht 427, 1017 BR Amsterdam
Located in a 1670 authentic canal house, this small museum shows Dutch folk costumes full of colours, rich in their craftsmanship and amazing in their originality. While inspiring for today’s fashion designers, these vintage Dutch clothes from villages like Volendam, Marken and Enkhuizen are still worn by locals today. In the museum’s basement in a photo studio you may have your picture taken dressed in an Old Dutch costume.
Prinsengracht opposite no. 296, 1016 HW Amsterdam
Ever wondered what it is like to live right on the canals of Amsterdam? This is your chance to visit a former sailing vessel, although the houseboat is no longer used as a home, it looks like the owner could pop back in at any moment.
Gastuismolensteeg 7, 1016 AM Amsterdam
In an old town house (dating from 1620), at one of the narrow streets in the very centre of Amsterdam, an interesting small museum has been located focused on just one object: the spectacles. If you are interested in the history of fashion or the spectacles in particular – this is your chance, because the collection is rich, the old house impressive and the Brilmuseum presentation remarkable.
Prinsengracht 488, 1017 KH Amsterdam
Thousands of pipes on show, carefully collected and presented in the beautiful interior of a 17th century's canal house at the Prinsengracht. The best collection of its kind in Europe, confirmed by the Dutch Museum Register, recognized as the national museum in its field by the Dutch Ministry of Culture.
Warmoesstraat 66, 1012 HJ Amsterdam
A small museum in the cellar of the popular café Heffer, in the Red Light District, dedicated to a former police inspector and a popular Dutch writer of detective novels Albert Cornelis Baantjer. Baantjer novels were translated to many languages and adapted to film and TV.
Kruislaan 124, 1097 GA Amsterdam
One of the newest Amsterdam museums is also one of the most original: located at the municipal Amsterdam cemetery and crematorium De Nieuwe Ooster museum, has death and sorrow as its subject. The Funeral Museum Tot Zover, which we may translate as “For So Far” or “For So Long”, tries to show us how we can deal with death, memory of the people who are gone and human funerary rituals in the context of different religions and traditions.
Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam
Tassen Museum Hendrikje or in English: Museum of Bags and Purses is a private museum of ladies handbags. This may seem not serious, but Hendrikje Ivo, an antique dealer from Amstelveen who established the collection, has today more than 3000 handbags. All the big designers’ names are beautifully presented, with Dior, Chanel and Versace, as well as hundreds of bags from the past, with the ones from the late Middle ages as the oldest. The museum has a café, with a lunchroom, perfectly maintained garden and a museum shop with… yes; you guessed it right, hundreds of design handbags.
Paulus Potterstraat 8, 1071 CZ Amsterdam
A small and elegant museum organized by an important Amsterdam trader in these precious stones – Coster Diamonds. An interesting exhibit has been visualized by all modern multimedia means. Diamond Museum is conveniently located in a direct proximity of Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.