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Micropia: museum of invisible life

This entry is part 1 of 22 in the series Amsterdam Museums

Getting off the tram with my son and daughter, my first indication that we were nearing our destination, Micropia Museum, was an arrow on a building with the text “only 80,000,000 micrometers to Micropia.” Micropia, a new exhibit at the ARTIS zoo in Amsterdam, bills itself as “the world’s first museum of microbes.” It’s quite…

Moco Museum: New in Amsterdam

This entry is part 2 of 22 in the series Amsterdam Museums

Banksy and Dalí on show in one museum? When I heard that, I was definitely up for a day trip to Amsterdam to visit the new Moco Museum. Moco Museum Moco stands for Modern Contemporary Museum and, like the much better-known Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum, it is located on the Museumplein in Amsterdam. The…

Ons Lieve Heer op Solder: a surprising little museum

This entry is part 3 of 22 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…

two row houses of brown brick, with lots of windows and step gables.

Museum of the Canals Amsterdam: a review

This entry is part 4 of 22 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 of the Canals Amsterdam (In Dutch it’s called Het Grachtenhuis and is often translated as the Canal House…

Van Loon Museum: a restored Golden Age house

This entry is part 5 of 22 in the series Amsterdam Museums

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

detail from Rembrandt's studio

Museum Het Rembrandthuis and Rembrandt’s life

This entry is part 6 of 22 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…

The Houseboat Museum in Amsterdam

The Houseboat Museum, Amsterdam

This entry is part 7 of 22 in the series Amsterdam Museums

If you’ve ever wandered the UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal rings of Amsterdam, you’ve noticed the many houseboats moored along the canals. Have you ever wondered what they’re like on the inside? What’s it like to live in a houseboat? The Houseboat Museum Amsterdam gives a glimpse of that life: a very quick glimpse, given how…

museum of bags and purses

The Museum of Bags and Purses Amsterdam

This entry is part 8 of 22 in the series Amsterdam Museums

For the sake of full transparency and before I describe my impressions of Tassenmuseum Hendrikje, the Museum of Bags and Purses, Amsterdam, I need to explain my relationship to handbags. 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…

Notice the rings on the ends of the sides. from the Brilmuseum in Amsterdam.

The Brilmuseum in Amsterdam

This entry is part 9 of 22 in the series Amsterdam Museums

I mentioned in an earlier post that I allowed my daughter, visiting from the US, to choose which small museums we would visit together on our day in Amsterdam. She chose the Huis Marseille Museum for Photography and the Brilmuseum (Spectacles Museum). Disclosure: While admission normally costs €4.50, I was admitted for free, but the opinions…

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