Unusual Museums

Amsterdam museums with a unique collection

Lesser-known and strange or unique museums not typically found in a travel guide and which are known only to a few.

the 10 best unusual museums in amsterdam

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Moco Museum

Modern and contemporary art museum focusing on Street Art and underground artist Banksy

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Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder Museum Our Lord in the Attic

A 17th-century town house with a hidden Catholic church in the attic, from the time that it was forbidden for catholics to practice their faith.   Photo: Arjan Bronkhorst

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Museum Vrolik

University of Amsterdam's anatomical and embryological museum with possibly the largest collection of human deformities in one place

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Museum of Bags and Purses

Take a guided tour and you will be surprised by funny anecdotes and stories about the history of the bag, ranging from the Middle Ages to through to the present.

Museum Willet-Holthuysen

Museum Willet-Holthuysen

A fully furnished patrician mansion at the Herengracht. Built around 1685 for Jacob Hop, mayor of Amsterdam

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Kattenkabinet   Cat Cabinet

No actual cats, just art. Founded in commemoration of the red and frisky Tom Cat, JP Morgan, the life long companion and buddy of the museum's founder, Bob Meijer.

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Amsterdam Pipe Museum

A fascinating story about the culture of pipe smoking and tobacco

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Houseboat Museum 

See how an authentic barge was converted to a comfortable houseboat, with authentic skipper's quarters with sleeping bunk, sizable livingroom, kitchen and bathroom.

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Sexmuseum Amsterdam 

The world's first and oldest sex museum, the "Venustempel", with an extensive collection of erotic pictures, paintings, objects, recordings, photographs and even attractions


Fake museums

Be warned that not all attractions with the word 'museum' in the name are officially a museum. Amsterdam has many so called 'museums' that in fact are just shops or entertainment, where you pay entrance fee for.