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a few bottles from the collection of antique medicines containing cannabis and other drugs

Hash, Marijuana & Hemp Museum

This entry is part 13 of 19 in the series Amsterdam Museums

It’s not surprising that Amsterdam is home to a museum of Hash, Marijuana and Hemp, given its generally tolerant policy toward soft drugs. You’d think, given the somewhat subversive subject, that it would be entertaining to visit. It wasn’t. The main part of the museum (hash and marijuana) The main part of the museum inhabits…

museum of bags and purses

An Amsterdam museum of bags and purses!

This entry is part 8 of 19 in the series Amsterdam Museums

I know some people are really into handbags. They have huge collections of handbags, preferably designer, and they coordinate their bag with whatever they’re wearing each day. I don’t. I carry one bag. Occasionally I change handbags when the one I have wears out (This takes years.) or I find one that suits my needs…

Body Worlds, on the Damrak in Amsterdam, is a permanent exhibit, unlike many of the other Body Worlds exhibits in other cities.

Body Worlds: Museum or Freak Show?

This entry is part 15 of 19 in the series Amsterdam Museums

Warning: If you’re squeamish, you might want to click away…but please share this post before you go! Body Worlds: The Happiness Project exhibit in Amsterdam is described on its webpage as telling: the amazing story of our own body and the impact of happiness on our health. More than 200 anatomical specimens of real human bodies…

view of Groningen train station, with the Starbucks in the left wing

The most beautiful Starbucks?

You know how sometimes you get so used to what you see every day that you stop noticing it? I’ve walked by the Starbucks in the Groningen central train station hundreds of times in the course of commuting to and from my job up in Leeuwarden. I just didn’t pay much attention to it until…

view of Hooge der A with ships

Groningen walking tour

Groningen is the perfect place for an off-the-beaten-track weekend escape. Home to a world-class university, its young population makes it dynamic and hip, yet its small size keeps it friendly and relaxed. This walking tour could last from two hours, if you just stroll, to all day, if you take your time and stop to see…

detail from Rembrandt's studio

Museum Het Rembrandthuis and Rembrandt’s life

This entry is part 6 of 19 in the series Amsterdam Museums

You could easily be forgiven if, at first, you just walk by the Museum Het Rembrandthuis. You might notice that it’s pretty, but so are so many houses in Amsterdam. On a less-charming street than the other small museums I’ve visited lately in Amsterdam, Rembrandt lived here and taught a handful of pupils until bankruptcy forced him…

Museum van Loon: a restored Golden Age house

This entry is part 5 of 19 in the series Amsterdam Museums

After the Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder museum and Het Grachtenhuis, our last stop was the Museum van Loon, a restored Golden Age canal house. This is what I’d been expecting when we visited Het Grachtenhuis: rooms that gives an impression of how wealthy residents of Amsterdam’s Golden Age lived and, to a much lesser extent,…

Museum Het Grachtenhuis: Unexpectedly Interesting

This entry is part 4 of 19 in the series Amsterdam Museums

I already posted about the first of the three little museums I visited recently in Amsterdam with a friend: Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder. After a bite for lunch—Burgermeester has surprisingly good burgers!—we moved on to the Museum Het Grachtenhuis. Grachtenhuis means “canal house,” so it’s not surprising that this museum is housed in another one…

Ons Lieve Heer op Solder: a surprising little museum

This entry is part 3 of 19 in the series Amsterdam Museums

Tourists in Amsterdam, if they visit museums at all, generally hit the big ones: the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh, for example. But there are dozens of smaller museums in Amsterdam that are just as interesting and worth seeing. Ons Lieve Heer op Solder is one of them. Ons Lieve Heer op Solder history This…