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Amsterdam, NH Netherlands
At the Amsterdam Tulip Museum, It’s Tulip Time Year-Round
Spring is not the only tulip time in Holland. When the colorful bulb fields are past their peak and the seven million blooms in the famed Keukenhof garden no longer dazzle, tulip-loving tourists can still enjoy the Amsterdam Tulip Museum. This small but dynamic museum in Amsterdam’s central canal district captivates visitors year-round with the story of the world’s most storied flower.
The Amsterdam Tulip Museum is housed in a canal house at Prinsengracht 116 in the charming Jordaan neighborhood. Set amidst intimate shops and galleries, restaurants and sidewalk cafes, the museum is a short walk from Amsterdam’s Centraal train station and steps away from the Anne Frank House and Westerkerk, the Dutch Renaissance church and tower with 48-bell carillon.
With approximately 2,200 square feet of newly-updated shop and exhibit spaces, the museum is dedicated to the surprising and flamboyant history of the tulip. Varied interactive exhibits by local artists trace the famous flower’s journey from its origins in the wild highlands of the Himalayas to its arrival at the lavish court of the Ottoman Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent to its popularity in the home gardens of today. A visitor favorite is the exhibit that explores the famous Tulipmania period of the 1630s. It was in the century known as The Dutch Golden Age – when Amsterdam was the center of world trade, and Dutch art, science and maritime and military strength held sway worldwide – that the tumultuous tulip trade led to one of history’s most infamous market crashes.
Other exhibits include displays of Ottoman-style tulip-themed art and ceramics, authentic bulb industry artifacts and specially commissioned short films on tulip history. The entire museum can be fully experienced in under an hour, with a typical visitor review declaring it “a surprisingly thorough and satisfying museum.”
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