Cannabis has many different applications, from making medicines to making rope and medicinal cannabis bottles. The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, located in the popular Amsterdam Red Light District, was founded in 1985 and is the oldest museum in the world that educates people on cannabis. Amsterdam is known for its coffee shops and the recreational purposes of smoking cannabis (also known as hemp or marijuana). It is one of the reasons why thousands of tourists have been coming to the city for years and will continue to do so. Whether you’re visiting Amsterdam to smoke or not, you will definitely learn a lot from the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum because it focuses on the many applications of the plant.
Discover here everything about the plant, its history and the culture that surrounds it: the museum has more than 12,000 objects related to the marijuana on display. View real plants, take a weed sample at the Vaporizer Booth and learn all about the industrial applications of the hemp plant.
A journey through the history of cannabis
Go on a journey through the fascinating world of the cannabis plant at the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum. Since the cannabis museum is located in the oldest part of the city, you can expect the complete experience of a unique museum visit that you won’t forget easily. Spread over two canal houses you will find an extensive collection of botanical prints, pipes, anti-reefer propaganda, paintings by smokers, vintage medicine bottles, hemp paper, and textiles. The history of cannabis indeed goes much further than the world-famous coffee shops.
The many uses of cannabis
Modern medical research shows how cannabis could help millions of patients. However, already in 1880 cannabis was an everyday medicine in the Western world. The use of pain relief in traditional Chinese medicine goes back even thousands of years. And there is more.
After wood, hemp was the most used material in 17th-century shipbuilding. Hemp fibre is now used by BMW and Mercedes in the manufacture of ultra-light and strong door panels. Hemp seeds are a hip superfood. The versatile cannabis plant offers a sustainable alternative to many raw materials.
What you can expect from a visit
The museum is divided into two. One part is dedicated to showing the industrial use of hemp throughout history and even in our modern times. The industrial use shows how hemp was used in making ropes for seamen, paper and even linen. The other part of the museum, which is only a 2-minute walk, shows how hemp and marijuana were introduced into Europe by Napoleon’s armies after the taking of Egypt. It also teaches visitors about the medicinal uses of marijuana and hemp and how both can be sustainably cultivated without pesticides.
Pay attention to the 17th-century paintings of Dutch smokehouses, painted by Rembrandt’s contemporaries, before continuing on to the cannabis garden with real cannabis plants. View original designs of hemp textiles from the large fashion houses Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren. Finally, do not forget to visit the Vaporizer Booth: in the afternoon and evening, you can try a vaporizer here.
A free audio tour is available and a unique temporary exhibition can be seen regularly.
Opening hours Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum
The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum is open daily from 10:00 – 22:00. The museum is closed on April 27. On December 24th and 25th, opens from 10:00 – 18:00. December 31st: 10:00 – 18:00. 1st January: 12:00 – 22:00
|Daily||10:00 – 22:00 || Museum is closed on April 27|
|January 1||12:00 – 22:00 |||
|On December 24, 25 and December 31||10:00 – 18:00 |||
Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum tickets for discount prices
Tickets are available at the entrance of the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum. The regular admission price at the entrance is €9,00- for an adult ticket. Admission is free for children under 13 years when accompanied by adults.
You can use the blue buttons to book your ticket online. Your e-tickets will be sent instantly to your e-mail and can be scanned from your smartphone, so there’s no need to print anything.
Note: children under 13 are admitted only when accompanied by an adult.
Regular entrance prices at the door
|Child 0 – 13||Free of charge|
|Museum Cards/I Amsterdam City Card||Free Entrance|
|Groups (10 or more persons)||20% Discount|
Our Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum Photo Impression
We paid a visit to the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum and was totally not disappointed with what we saw. The first part of the museum gave detailed historical information on the industrial uses of hemp. The other part of the museum showed us how hemp and marijuana was introduced into Europe by Napoleon’s armies after Egypt fell to them.
Here is a vey old Chinese dress made from hemp.
The museum also showcases boating materials made from hemp.
There is so much information about the industrial use of hemp in this part of the museum.
Here is an old linen knitter used for making linen with hemp as material.
Hemp can be used in the production of a lot of everyday materials. And the best part is that it is totally sustainable!
Here is the museum’s collection of Sensi Seeds.
The museum also educates visitors on the medicinal uses of marijuana. Both hemp and marijuana can be used in the making of tablets and ointments that can ease pain.
Here is an old smoking pipe in the museum.
More smoking pipes.
Here is the first written account of the marijuana plant in history. Marijuana as a plant and recreational drug can be found in the history of different cultures in the world.
Historical pictures depicting the use of marijuana and hemp in different cultures.
Address, contact information and route to the museum
The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, located in the infamous Red Light district of Amsterdam. You can find the exact information below this paragraph.
Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum Amsterdam
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148
1012 DV Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 624 8926
Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum Amsterdam
Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum Amsterdam
The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum is located in the popular Red Light District and is only a few minutes walk from the Amsterdam Central Station. While the museum is within walking distance (approximately 7 minutes walk), another option would be to take the metros 51, 53 and 54 from Amsterdam Central Station and stop at the Nieuwmarkt Area and then walk to the museum from there.
Metros From Amsterdam Central Station:
- Metro 51, heading to Westwijk – Stop Nieuwmarkt
- Metro 53, heading to Gaasperplas – Stop Nieuwmarkt
- Metro 54, heading to Gein – Stop Nieuwmarkt
From Amsterdam Leidseplein:
Tram 2, 11 or 12, heading to Amsterdam Central Station – Stop Dam Square and the museum is only a 7-minute walk from there.
With the widget below you can find accurate advice for the real-time travel times based on your current location. This application will help you when you are not sure which bus or tram you can take from your location.
Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum FAQ
Can I visit the museum in a wheelchair?
Yes, the museum is wheelchair accessible.
Is there a queue for the museum?
No, there isn’t. But that can be a possibility in the high season. That’s why we advise you to buy your tickets here so you won’t have to stand in the queue for tickets when you get to the museum.
Is the museum suitable for children?
Yes, children under 13 can visit the museum under adult supervision.
Does the museum offer discounts to groups?
Yes. Groups starting from 10 persons get a 20% discount if they pay as a group.
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