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Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum

Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Address: Oudezijdsachterburgwal 148, 1012 DV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number:
+31 20 624 8926
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Okay for people with limited knowledge of hemp and cannabis products.

I thought this museum was okay. It was quite informative and can see why most people would get something out of it but for me i didn't really learn anything. I visited thinking i... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Droitwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is interesting and educational in case you want to learn something about history, medical treatment and products.

Thank Rekeech
Droitwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I thought this museum was okay. It was quite informative and can see why most people would get something out of it but for me i didn't really learn anything. I visited thinking i would learn many new things about the wonderful plant but didn't. Maybe one or two random facts but that's about it. Then again my knowledge of... More 

Thank Samnufc
Tromso, Norway
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed my time there. The place is quite educational. The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum is the oldest and most important museum in the world dedicated to Cannabis Sativa L. Both exhibits a unique collection that encompasses all aspects of cannabis, it's functions as a knowledge centre, facilitates scientific research and plays an essential informative role.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you don't know anything about the history of hemp and marijuana then go here and educate yourself. Learn about the many uses for this amazing (and harmless) plant (and then consider whether the current laws on its use are justifiable.) My husband and I are already well read on the subject but enjoyed it nevertheless.

Thank SHancock2301
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Those who dont know anything about hemp history might find few interesting facts but overall the museum is tiny and for what it offers - overpriced. Only few things worth looking at. Literally you will be done in 15 mins max.

Thank Mateusz K
Echuca, Australia
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

I really enjoyed learning about the history of hemp and seeing the collection on offer. I loved the hemp walls and being able to see first hand the beautifully formed walls.

Thank WendyFordyce
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

We found this museum to be very interesting and looked into the uses of Hash, Marijuana and hemp through the ages. Some of the displays were informative and educational and some were artistic. We spend approx. 1.5 hours in this museum. It is very centrally located and not expensive to enter. Downside.. we were not given an free samples.

Thank John S
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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Interesting history of marijuana hemp and hash. Great background, chance to see some growing. Two small venues 30m from each other but with great multi lingual audio guides included in the entrance fee and lots of information. Not overly busy middle of the afternoon either.

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Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Not very good. Plenty of other better things to see in the dam. Small place with not very much to offer

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Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Don't be fooled into thinking this museum is just about weed. It takes you through the history of the cannabis plants and it's products right from the beginning and discusses the social, financial, political, medicinal and spiritual effects it has had on the world. The museum is very clever/l- it had many items to look at whilst you're given hand... More 

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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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