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I love how colorful Roemers photography is, and the contrast between the moving elements and still elements.

Huis Marseille photography museum in Amsterdam

This entry is part 10 of 25 in the series Amsterdam Museums

I was very happy when my daughter, visiting from the US, wanted to spend the day in Amsterdam, sightseeing with me. I gave her a list of museums I’d like to visit for my series on small Amsterdam museums, and told her to choose two. My daughter, a graphic designer, chose the Spectacles Museum (now…

These postcards are free for visitors to the Dutch Resistance Museum

The Dutch Resistance Museum, Amsterdam

This entry is part 11 of 25 in the series Amsterdam Museums

“That was pretty interesting” is high praise indeed, when it comes from my 17-year-old son after a visit to a museum. The Verzetsmuseum – the Dutch Resistance Museum – in Amsterdam is one of very few that have earned a “pretty interesting” from him. Documenting not just the resistance movement during World War II, but…

The entrance to the Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution in Amsterdam

Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution: a review

This entry is part 12 of 25 in the series Amsterdam Museums

What I expected on visiting Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution was a presentation that titillates and that presents prostitution as a happy profession with practitioners who choose to become prostitutes. Note: I’ve updated this post with some remarks from a “part time excort whore” who commented on it on Twitter. See below. Disclosure: This post contains…

The Sex Museum's entrance is a storefront on busy Damrak.

The Sex Museum Amsterdam: cure for insomnia

This entry is part 13 of 25 in the series Amsterdam Museums

The first thing you see on entering the Sex Museum Amsterdam is a life size statue of Priapus, the Greek god of fertility, and he’s … well, let’s say he’s pretty turned on, and well-endowed. Review of the Sex Museum Amsterdam The rest of the museum goes downhill from there. Unfortunately, if I want to keep…

a plastinate

Body Worlds Amsterdam: Museum or freak show?

This entry is part 14 of 25 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 like this: “More than 200 anatomical specimens of real human bodies show the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the body.” In other words, at Body Worlds…

Ceramic cats in a cabinet at the Cat Cabinet, Amsterdam

The Cat Cabinet: another quirky Amsterdam museum

This entry is part 15 of 25 in the series Amsterdam Museums

The founder of the Cat Cabinet, Bob Meijer, named his cat John Pierpont Morgan. Why name him after a 19th century American financier? I don’t know. Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links. If you click on one and make a purchase, I will receive a small percentage of what you spend. Born in 1966, J.P. Morgan received…

Another angle on the "environment" at Electric Ladyland in Amsterdam

Electric Ladyland: hippie heaven

This entry is part 16 of 25 in the series Amsterdam Museums

Electric Ladyland in Amsterdam is definitely one of the weirdest museums I’ve visited yet. (Okay, the Toilet Museum in Suwon, South Korea, was pretty weird too, but this isn’t a contest. At least not yet … ) The museum claims to be the “first museum of fluorescent art.” It certainly includes a lot of fluorescent paint. Whether…

The Erotic Museum Amsterdam is in the red-light district, in a building that served originally as a warehouse and was built in 1685.

Is the Erotic Museum in Amsterdam erotic? A review

This entry is part 17 of 25 in the series Amsterdam Museums

The short answer to the question in the title is “No, the Erotic Museum Amsterdam is not erotic.” What is it? Thought provoking and sometimes disturbing. Why I didn’t go to the Erotic Museum Amsterdam before You may remember that I reviewed the Sex Museum some time ago, calling it “the cure for insomnia.” I…

The Milkmaid, by Vermeer

Yes, you CAN visit the Rijksmuseum in 2 hours!

This entry is part 18 of 25 in the series Amsterdam Museums

I’m not a museum person. That’s not to say I’m not interested in art, or natural history, or science, or whatever the museum is about. It’s just that I don’t have the patience to concentrate on one thing for very long. At the same time, I’m not physically up to it; for some reason standing…

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