The House of Bols, is a unique museum in Amsterdam that not only educates you on the history of liqueur and spirits, but also lets you experience it for yourself. This award winning cocktail & genever experience is the perfect combination of heritage and history in a modern and beautifully designed environment.
The House of Bols is located conveniently in the Museum square, which features the famous Van Gogh museum, Stedelijk museum, and the Rijksmuseum.
If paintings and photographs are not your thing, or if your eyes have feasted upon enough art, take a break to heighten your other senses, such as smell and taste at this museum.
The tour, which lasts approximately 45 minutes, will teach you about the history of Lucas Bols- the world’s oldest distilled spirit brand. The tour will take you on a journey where you will discover 38 different Bols liqueurs and how they are made – some which have been made since 1575 in Amsterdam! Your senses will be tested and intrigued in the Hall of Taste, where you will explore the roles that aroma, colour and spices play when creating a cocktail or liqueur. The tour will also feature a distillery room, to see how these elements were extracted and learn the process of distilling to create a final product. The Genever room, for gin lovers, will take you through the history of the Dutch Spirit Genever, which is know as the grandfather of gin. You will learn about the history and evolution the spirit.
After learning about the history of liqueurs and cocktails, the tour will end at the Mirror Bar where you will get to have a cocktail tasting for 30 minutes. At the Mirror Bar a bartender will mix you a cocktail, or if you’re in the spirit you can mix one for yourself! If you wish to try another liqueurs and cocktails you can do so for € 6,50 more, or continue your adventure and purchase memorabilia at the Bols Shop.
Introduction video: House of Bols museum
Opening hours House of Bols
The Bols Experience Amsterdam is open 7 days a week. Doors open daily at 13:00 in the afternoon. From Sunday through Friday you are welcome for cocktail tasting till 18:30, on Fridays an Saturdays doors shut two and half hours later at 21:00.
|Sunday through Thursday||13:00 – 18:30|
|Friday and Saturday||13:00 – 21:00|
House of Bols tickets, prices and discounts
Tickets for the House of Bols genever and cocktail experience can be acquired from the entrance. The regular price at the door is €16,-. This price includes a 45 to 60 minute tour and 30 minutes of cocktail tasting and one free cocktail. For those who can’t get enough of the delicious cocktails, there’s the possibility to buy an extra cocktail for only €5,-.
Online discount tickets available!
Purchasing your ticket with the blue button will not only save you the hassle of getting in line, you’ll also get €1,- discount per ticket. Some money that will be welcome at the mirror bar at the end of the tour.
Note: only adults over the legal age of 18 are allowed in.
|Door price||€ 16,-|
|Online discount ticket||€ 15,-|
House of Bols experience FAQ
Can I visit the House of Bols in a wheelchair?
Yes, the House of Bols is accessible for wheelchairs. An elevator can be used upon request.
Is there a queue for the House of bols?
There can be, especially in high season. Make sure to buy tickets online to ensure fast entrance.
How long does the genever and cocktail experience take?
You discover the distillery at your own pace. Usually the tour takes between 45 minutes till an hour or more. The cocktail tasting takes about 30 minutes, but you can stay a bit longer and have another cocktail if you like.
Are minors allowed in ?
No, in contrary to the Heineken Experience children under 18 are not allowed in under any conditions. Make sure to bring valid ID.
Are groups allowed in with out reservation?
Groups up to 12 are. If you want to visit the House of Bols with more than 12 people, you’re requested to make a reservation via events[at]houseofbols.com
Address, contact information and route
The House of Bols is located at Paulus Potterstraat 14. The easiest way to get to the museum is by using the public transport. You can find the exact information below.
House of Bols
Paulus Potterstraat 14
1071 CZ Amsterdam
+31 20 5708575
House of Bols Amsterdam
From any place in Amsterdam it shouldn’t be difficult to get to the House of Bols. It is situated at the Museum Square together with other popular museums including Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk. Ask any bus or tram driver fot the Museum Square.
From Amsterdam Central Station:
- Tram 2, heading to Nieuw Sloten, stop Museumplein
- Tram 5, heading to Amstelveen Binnenhof, stop Museumplein
- Bus 170, heading to Uithoorn, Amstelplein, stop Rijksmuseum or Museumplein
- Bus 172, heading to Kudelstaart, stop Rijksmuseum or Museumplein
From Amsterdam Sloterdijk:
Tram 12, heading to Amsterdam Amstel, stop Museumplein
From Amsterdam Amstel:
Tram 12, heading to Station Sloterdijk, stop Museumplein
From Amsterdam Zuid WTC:
Tram 5, heading to Amsterdam Central Station, stop Museumplein
From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport:
Bus 197 heading to Marnixstraat, stop Museumplein
Use the button below to get realtime travel advice from 9292ov.nl the official website for public transport.
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