Amsterdam’s Lesser Known Museums

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Amsterdam has some of the most famous museums in the world such as the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House, and the Rijksmuseum. However, it also has a number of lesser-known museums with different kinds of collections. Unusual exhibits, such as microbes, cats, washed-up beach finds, and bags, feature in these museums. These are very interesting and you have to visit these museums on your Amsterdam tours for a one-of-a-kind experience. Below are some of such unknown museums in Amsterdam.

Below the Surface

This place has exhibits which are objects found during the construction of newly inaugurated North/South metro line which plies in Amsterdam. The objects found include shells from 114,000-124,000 BC, film canisters, decorative radiator caps, mobile phones from 2005, and Moroccan coins. Around 9,500 items are on display here, out of the 700,000 items that were found. Besides, the official website has an impressive display of the items with classifications based on different subjects.

Museum Tot Zover

This museum will give you a fair idea of how Dutch people approach death. The Dutch Funeral Museum features art and photography as well as a gallery dedicated to the views of death. Note that it is the only museum to set located inside a cemetery.

The Museum of Bags and Purses

Bags are one of the most important modern utilities. This is a museum dedicated to the history of bags. Located in a 17th Century canal house, this place had more than 5,000 bags as exhibits. These bags narrate the tale of bags all the way from medieval times to modern trends. It covers the various materials, trends, customs, and uses of these bags. Furthermore, there are also exhibits that explain the techniques used to make some of these bags.


This is as strange as a museum can get, but it is the first museum in the world that is entirely devoted to microbes. It is an interactive ambiance and explains the whereabouts of the microbes.

Embassy of the Free Mind

This is a library and a museum dedicated to the spirit of freethinking. It gives the visitors some kind of knowledge if they indulge in the exhibits with their heart. Located in the 17th century canal house, ‘House with the Heads’, this is a great place to understand how history, spirituality, science, and art. Besides, you can also hold long discussions on culture or religion or age.

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