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Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum

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Address: Oudezijdsachterburgwal 148, 1012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Amsterdam is known for having a soft spot towards cannabis. Therefore it...

Amsterdam is known for having a soft spot towards cannabis. Therefore it makes perfect sense for the city to have a museum dedicated to this controversial aspect of society. The Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum attracts many curious visitors from around the world. Established in 1985 in the famous red light district of Amsterdam, the Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum is a tribute to the history of hemp and cannabis.

What the Hash, Marihuana &Hemp Museum offers

The Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum offers visitors an insight into the history of one of the world's most commonly used drugs. It also showcases the earlier uses of the cannabis plant. It is interesting to discover that, aside from recreational consumption, cannabis and hemp were used for various medicinal, cultural and religious purposes. Through the ages, the cannabis plant has proven to be one of the most versatile and renewable resources ever known to humankind. The museum shows the commercial viability the plant for the future through photography, films, documentaries and paintings.

The Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum also holds a carefully chosen selection of items from the world's largest collection of cannabis-related objects. It covers many of the aspects of, and reasons for, cannabis consumption. In order to display even more of this unique collection, in 2008 a new venue was added - the Museum Gallery, located just down the street from the original museum. Visitors exit the museum through the Sensi Seed Bank, flagship store of sister company Sensi Seeds, where, in addition to buying T-shirts and accessories, you can also browse the large selection of medicinal-grade cannabis genetics from Sensi Seeds!

History of the Hash, Marihuana and Hemp Museum

This unique museum was founded by Ben Dronkers in 1985, after over a decade of collecting different kinds of objects associated with the cannabis plant. He believes that the Museum is not only of interest to cannabis users, but caters to those who are interested in learning about the plant, and even those who are simply curious about the relationship between its industrial and psychoactive varieties. With this extra-ordinary exhibition, the Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum definitely makes the list of Amsterdam attractions that tourists should not miss visiting.

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I visited the museum on New Years day during me and my boyfriends trip to Amsterdam. On arrival, we were greeted by a really friendly chap who gave us our radio phones and a... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the museum on New Years day during me and my boyfriends trip to Amsterdam. On arrival, we were greeted by a really friendly chap who gave us our radio phones and a booklet of info. The museums artefacts and images are all numbered. There is a small box at the side of each section which you touch with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are in Amsterdam for a casual smoke and dont have to much contact with pot at home then this is an interesting place to see to get some historic and cultural background, and a cool Eden Hash House poster.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016 via mobile

Nicest place to check the history of the marijuana! Definitely should go there if you smoke or you are just pothead ;D

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

Pretty interesting museum that doesn't take itself too seriously. I'd certainly go wacky-backy and you'd be potty to miss it when in Amsterdam.... Split into 2 buildings it charts the history of hemp from first use 8000 years ago to today. Who knew it was used for ship sails, rope, clothing fabric, even car parts by Sir Henry Ford! Interesting... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Well, that's funny to visit hemp museum in the heart of legalisation movement. But frankly speaking I expected more. There's rather chaotic collection, and not si much information. Berlin hemp museum appeared much more informative.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

Paid €9pp for this and was really excited to go inside, thought it would be a more active museum instead of standing there with a headset and tuning out of the info very quickly.. Friendly staff just not good value for money.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

It's a little expensive (9€), but it's worth it. The museum is in two parts: one about industrial hemp (for clothing, paper, oil, …), and one for recreational use, medical, and religious uses. The staff was very friendly and recommended some good coffee shops.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

Around €10 entry. Audio guide. Very informative and eye opening, it's in 2 buildings so keep your ticket stub. From hemp uses (clothing , cars, rope etc) to cannabis benefits for your health. Definitely worth the price. Plenty to see and learn.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

It felt more like marketing gimmick, but it would be interesting for anybody, who has no time to read about hemp and marijuana. The guy at the entrance was disrespectful and hateful for just asking couple of questions that would be expected from foreign tourists.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

Honestly it's not worth the price (8.50 per person). This place has two separate sections with two separate entries a few meters apart from one another. Some exhibits are just silly: books, ads or even items you can find nowadays, somehow related to hemp. There is an audio guide available if you feel the need to use one. There's one... More 

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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