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Amsterdam’s obscure museums and galleries

Amsterdam’s cobbled, crooked canal-housed streets seem to gather fascinating secrets, almost by accident. No space is exempt, from the smallest attic or the hull of a gently bobbing houseboat. The streets themselves have become a gallery.

Some museums drip colourful liquids and bubbling pipes, others contain vast cabinets of trinkets and mysteries. This journal captures them all.

Forgo the bright-lighted lure of the Stedelijk, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh, and go in search of something a little curiouser.

The Houseboat Museum, docked in the Amsterdam Canal Belt

The Houseboat Museum, docked in the Amsterdam Canal Belt

The Museum van Loon, once home to artist Ferdinand Bol

The Museum van Loon, once home to artist Ferdinand Bol

Renovated 18th century interiors in the Museum van Loon

Renovated 18th century interiors in the Museum van Loon

The first photography museum in The Netherlands, Huis Marseille

The first photography museum in The Netherlands, Huis Marseille

Het Klederdrachtmuseum aka The Dutch Costume Museum with a collection spanning multiple eras

Het Klederdrachtmuseum aka The Dutch Costume Museum with a collection spanning multiple eras

Hortus Botanicus is one of the oldest (and most impressive) botanical gardens in the world

Hortus Botanicus is one of the oldest (and most impressive) botanical gardens in the world

Amsterdam Museum, located in the old city orphanage

Amsterdam Museum, located in the old city orphanage

The Street Art Museum, showcases an ever-changing street art collection all over Amsterdam.

The Street Art Museum, showcases an ever-changing street art collection all over Amsterdam.

Hash, Marihuana and Hemp Museum, based in De Wallen aka the Red Light District

Hash, Marihuana and Hemp Museum, based in De Wallen aka the Red Light District

Amsterdam architecture at the Allard Pierson Museum

Amsterdam architecture at the Allard Pierson Museum

Het Scheepvaart Museum, also known as The National Maritime Museum

Het Scheepvaart Museum, also known as The National Maritime Museum

A replica of 18th century ship the Amsterdam, docked outside Het Scheepvaart Museum

A replica of 18th century ship the Amsterdam, docked outside Het Scheepvaart Museum

Museum Vrolik, named after father and son duo, Gerard and William

Museum Vrolik, named after father and son duo, Gerard and William

This namesake museum exhibits the Vroliks vast collection of anatomical specimens

This namesake museum exhibits the Vroliks vast collection of anatomical specimens

Sample the Gin and Genever Experience at House of Bols

Sample the Gin and Genever Experience at House of Bols

House of Bols visitors practise distilling gin

House of Bols visitors practise distilling gin