There are some quieter and more inventive museums in Amsterdam city, which are quite distinctive from the popular Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. From sculptures to automatically playing pianos, these museums in Amsterdam’s are some of the city’s best kept secrets that offer everyone a unique visiting experience. The below compiled museums reside nearby the Herengracht, a UNESCO world heritage site in Amsterdam city.
The Pianola Museum
The Jordaan district in Amsterdam is home to the fluorescent light museum, which is unique and inventive just like the Pianola Museum. The Pianola Museum is dedicated especially for keyboard instruments including the automatically playing piano, and the 1900 Pianola. In the museum archives, you can find more than 25,000 music rolls, each of which can be played aloud on the Pianos in the Pianola Museum.
Museum of Bags & Purses
Amstelveen antique dealer Hendrikje Ivo established the Museum of Bags & Purses in 1996 along with her husband and daughter. It is said that they started the museum with just one bag, but today, the museum showcases plenty of bags worn by popular celebrities from all around the world. Some bags and purses in the museum even date back to the seventeenth century.
The Willet-Holthuysen museum is named after Louisa Willet-Holthuysen who collected antiquities with Abraham Willet her husband. Mrs. Willet is believed to be the last private owner of the canal house on the Herengracht 605 in Amsterdam and the couple lived there during 1861 to 1895. When Louisa Willet-Holthuysen passed away on 30 January 1895, she donated the canal house, its contents, and Mr. Willet’s art collection to Amsterdam city.
Red Light Secrets
From a few feet away, the Museum of Prostitution – Red Light Secrets would seem like just neon-lit red windows in first view. Get into the museum of prostitution, standby the windows replete with costumes and your perception about the oldest existing profession in the world may change. It takes approximately 40 minutes to walk the Red Light Secrets museum and explore the secrets of Red Light District and brothel business in Amsterdam.
To gain more knowledge about Amsterdam, its varied art forms and sculpture, walk into the tours in Amsterdam with an experienced tour guide. Get in touch with your tour operator to know more about the hidden treasures in the city that you should cover during your tours in Amsterdam.