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The wall of petri dishes at the Micropia exhibit

Micropia: museum of invisible life

This entry is part 1 of 18 in the series Amsterdam Museums

Getting off the tram with my son and daughter, my first indication that we were nearing our destination, Micropia, 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 a…

A small Banksy stencil showing a man throwing flowers.

Moco Museum: New in Amsterdam

This entry is part 2 of 18 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 18 in the series Amsterdam Museums

I posted last week about visiting the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in two hours. Tourists from other countries, 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 worth seeing. I travel the two and a…

Museum Het Grachtenhuis: Unexpectedly Interesting

This entry is part 4 of 18 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…

Museum van Loon: a restored Golden Age house

This entry is part 5 of 18 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,…

detail from Rembrandt's studio

Museum Het Rembrandthuis and Rembrandt’s life

This entry is part 6 of 18 in the series Amsterdam Museums

Rembrandt is all over the news lately here in the Netherlands. That’s because an exhibit at the Rijksmuseum called “Late Rembrandt” is drawing rave reviews. It assembles all of his important works from the height of his career. I haven’t seen the exhibit yet, but the Volkskrant, a Dutch newspaper, gave it five stars out of five,…

The Houseboat Museum in Amsterdam

The Houseboat Museum in Amsterdam

This entry is part 7 of 18 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 gives a glimpse of that life: a very quick glimpse, given how small…

The handbag museum is housed in a lovely 17th century patricians house.

Another Amsterdam Museum: Handbags!

This entry is part 8 of 18 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…

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

The Brilmuseum in Amsterdam

This entry is part 9 of 18 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). I did not have high hopes for either one, and I particularly feared that…

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