​5 Quirkiest Museums to Visit in Amsterdam


When it comes to offbeat attractions, Amsterdam has plenty to offer. If you've already checked out the city's Red Light District and coffee shops and are ready to experience something off the beaten track, it is time to visit Amsterdam's quirkiest museums.

Electric Ladyland
Electric Ladyland is the first museum in the world dedicated to fluorescent art. Located in the city's Jordaan district, this tiny museum is located in the basement of an art gallery owned by artist Nick Padalino. While the museum may be small (only one room), it is filled with fluorescent paintings, sculptures, and mixed media pieces. The museum also has a collection of fluorescent minerals that glow brightly when exposed to black lights. Entry is 5 Euros and you can easily spend a half hour or more talking to Nick and admiring the art.

KattenKabinet
For the cat lovers visiting Amsterdam, make sure you check out KattenKabinet, a museum dedicated to art depicting cats. Inside this canal house museum, you can take a self-guided tour through the rooms and admire paintings, drawings, sculptures and other works by artists such as Pablo Picasso and Rembrandt. Keep an eye out for some of the resident cats that freely wander the museum. Admission is 7 for adults, 4 for students, and free for children under 12.

Houseboat Museum
If you've always wondered what life inside one of Amsterdam's famous houseboats is like, take a trip down to the Houseboat Museum. This museum, located in an actual houseboat, provides answers to your most pressing questions including how the boats connect to city water and electricity. The museum's self-guided tour is available in over 20 languages and admission is only 3.50 for children and 4.50 for adults.

Amsterdam Tulip Museum
Located just across the street from the popular Anne Frank Museum is the Amsterdam Tulip Museum. This colorful museum shares the rich history of tulips in the Netherlands from the 16th century to modern times. With your new knowledge about this beautiful springtime plant, you can purchase some bulbs from the museum shop and take home a little bit of Amsterdam. Admission is 5 euros for adults, 3 for students and 15 for families of three or more.

Amsterdam Cheese Museum
If you're feeling hungry, head over to the city's tastiest museum: the Amsterdam Cheese Museum. Here, you will learn about the history of cheese making in Amsterdam and enjoy a sampling of local cheese. While you're there, make sure to visit the dress-up area to take a photo dressed as a traditional Dutch farmer to email to family and friends. Admission to this museum is free, but with the delicious cheeses available in the shop, you may end up spending a few euros.

While attractions like the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum are great to visit, it's the city's little museums like these that will give you a true sense of Amsterdam culture.

Tori Holmes is a freelance copywriting and social media specialist living in Amsterdam. Born and raised in Canada, she quickly learning that her new city is full of surprises.