August 2, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
While many visitors stick to the popular attractions like the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam is home to a plethora of smaller weird and wacky museums that are equally deserving of a visit.
Whether you’re a cat fanatic or just want the opportunity to explore a stunning former residence on the Golden Bend, head over to Het KattenKabinet (“Cat Cabinet”) where you can dive into the world of all things feline. The museum proudly displays paintings, drawings and sculptures from the likes of Rembrandt and Picasso, and is home to a few cuddly kitties.
If cats aren’t for you, try Tassenmuseum Hendrikje, a shrine to bags and purses. Ogle the eclectic mix of handbags, clutches and suitcases – some dating back to the 16th century. It’s the largest collection of its kind in the world, and is well worth a look if you’re interested in fashion, art and history.
Into the sciences?A stop at Stichting Mediamatic is a must. They regularly host exhibits and events about the intersection of art and science. HUNT Amsterdam writer Ali Ronca recently caught an eerie performance in which two artists adapted pig hearts into various forms of art, exploring and contorting the idea of inner beauty by changing the color and shape of the hearts. Some of the finished pieces retained a scientific quality: major arteries were hollowed out, allowing a glimpse into the most precious organ.
Similarly, the Arti et Amicitiae, an artist’s society, also has an exciting agenda. Previous shows, such as Boogie Woogie Rhythm Section, which aimed to exemplify rhythm in the visual arts as performers worked live on murals in the space, keep programming fresh and buzzing.
If you appreciate the arts but are more of a music fanatic, head on over to Pianola Museum, which is a modest but lovely museum that houses 50 of the original, elegant, self-playing pianos, as well as thousands of music rolls. The hours are limited but the museum is worth checking out. If you check the website before your visit, you might even be able to catch a short concert.
About The HUNT Amsterdam Writer: Born in Boston, raised in Maine, schooled in Vermont and England, and finally settled in Amsterdam, Ali Ronca is a roaming girl with an unshakable smile whose soul food is all things fascinating and foreign. When she’s not writing or traveling, Ali can be found cruising around amsterdam on her ombre bicycle, absorbed in a novel, sprawled out on a yoga mat or feeding her bottomless stomach great, simple food. You can follow her daily Dutch adventures at amsterdamandbeyond.com.
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