Red Light Secrets – Museum of Prostitution

A lot of tourists visit Amsterdam and are fascinated with the lives and livelihoods of prostitutes who have worked the Red Light District for years. The Museum of Prostitution – Red Light Secrets is a “must visit” for these curious minds!

Red Light Secrets is the world’s first and only museum of prostitution. It is located at the very centre of the famous Red Light District in Amsterdam and offers a unique peek into the ins and outs of the world’s oldest profession. This museum is housed in a historical 17th-century canal house and is one of Amsterdam’s top attractions. A very educational museum and the perfect place to discover the hidden world behind the industry, learn about the trade from first-hand accounts by the working girls themselves and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look into this fascinating topic.

Red Light Secrets is a former brothel in a 17th-century monumental canal house. Ideally located in the centre of the Red Light District. Around the corner of the Old Church, the oldest building in Amsterdam (ca. 1213).

The museum is home to a lot of information on the good and the bad sides of the business. A short film introduces tourists to the other aspects of the Red Light District, which is much more than just a neighbourhood for paid sex. There are also different rooms for different types of experiences. A confessional wall where tourists can write their deepest sex secrets, some of which make the confessional wall, with no names of course. There is also a front room where you can sit in the window and pretend to be a working girl.

Buy your tickets and make sure you visit this museum. It provides some insight into what the life of a sex worker in Amsterdam is like.

– Order your tickets with our exclusive discount code ‘THINGSTODO10’ and get 10% extra off –

Red Light Secrets museum of prostitution

Our Review

We locals can recommend going on a discovery tour Red Light Secrets Museum. We feel that it’s both educational as well as entertaining, all while telling a realistic story about what goes on behind the scenes in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. The fact that the museum is housed in a former brothel and the guided tour is being told from the perspective of a former sex worker, guarantees a realistic story, without beating around the bush. The museum is fairly small, the experience will take you approximately 60 minutes.

Confession Wall Red Light Secrets Museum
This is the wall where every visitor of the museum can leave anonymously their sexual confessions

The audio guide is available in English, German, Dutch, French, and Spanish. Throughout the museum, there are numerous spots where you can tap to activate the audioguide. The stories told are some real-life experiences of a prostitute. She speaks freely, without any taboos. Therefore, as a visitor, you get quite a good understanding of the Red Light District behind the scenes. However, the story is just the story of one individual.

As the museum is housed in a real brothel, many spaces and stairways are tiny. Therefore it can not be visited as a wheelchair user and it might also be difficult with impaired mobility without assistance.

Audioguide Red Light Secrets Tour
This remote is the audioguide. It's very userfriendly. Just scan in each room the chip to continue the story of the tour

Inside the museum

The rooms inside the museum are very realistic. Some of them look a bit outdated. But then again, when comparing these on the window rooms you see yourself in the Red Light District area, many of them are also not very modern looking from the outside. Scroll up, if you want to skip the sneak preview of some of the rooms.

At the end of the museum, there’s a wall where visitors can leave their Red Light Confessions. This, in our eyes, is a really fun gimmick and contains some hilarious and sometimes shocking confessions, make sure not to miss them!

SM room Red Light Secret Museum
In this rooms the wildest SM fantasies can become reality as long as the customer pays for it
bathtube Red Light Secrets Museum
Everything comes at a price. The bath tub is part of a luxury room that starts at €500 per hour
luxury room in Red Light Secrets
According to the audiotour the more luxurious rooms can easily cost €500,- per hour
simple room in Red Light Secrets Museum
This is what a standard room in a brothel in the Red Light District looks like. The average visit in here lasts only 5 minutes.

Red Light Secrets Amsterdam Opening Hours

Red Light Secrets Museum is open daily.

Note: The last admission is 45 minutes before closing time.

Special opening hours:
December 24th: 11.00 – 18.00 h.
December 25th: 11.00 – 18.00 h.
December 31st: 11.00 – 18.00 h.
January 1st: 14:00 – 22:30

Sunday till Thursday  11:00 – 22:30
Friday and Saturday  11:00 – 23:30

Red Light Secrets Museum tickets, prices, and discounts

Tickets are available at the entrance of the museum, but purchasing them online is cheaper. The tickets are open tickets, meaning visitors can use them whenever they choose to. It is very important to always check the opening times before heading to the museum. Tickets don’t necessarily have to be printed out and as long as the PDF version is on a mobile phone or a tablet, it is enough to guarantee entry.

Note: Minors under 16 are not allowed inside the museum. Identity Cards must be shown upon request.

If you have any questions regarding your tickets, we recommend sending an email to: [email protected].

Adults tickets online price € 14,50

– Order your tickets with our exclusive discount code ‘THINGSTODO10’ and get 10% extra off –

Red Light Secrets FAQ

Can I use my ticket anytime I want?

No, you select a date and time slot for your visit. Rescheduling your ticket needs to be done 8 hours in advance.

Is there an age limit?

Yes, you need to be at least 16 years old. Bear in mind that images and videos of breasts will be shown in the museum.

What is the best moment to visit the area?

Sex workers often prefer working in the evenings and nights as these hours bring more clients. Plus, the Red Light District’s famous red lights are more striking against the night sky. The best time to visit is usually between 20:00 and 1:00.

Is the Red Light District area safe to visit?

The Red Light District in Amsterdam is quite safe, with 24/7 surveillance and police presence. Just be mindful of pickpockets in crowded areas and keep valuables secure, preferably in a hotel safe.

Address, Contact Information and Route to the Red Light Secrets

The Museum of Prostitution – Red Light Secrets is located in the Red Light District area. The easiest way to get there from the Amsterdam Central Station is by foot. It’s only a 10-minute walk from the central station.

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 60H
1012 DP Amsterdam
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +31 20-846 7020

Public transport to the Red Light Secrets Museum

The Museum of Prostitution – Red Light Secrets Amsterdam is located in the very heart of the Amsterdam Red Light District. It is just a 10-minute walk from the Amsterdam Central Station.

From Amsterdam Central Station to the Red Light Secret Amsterdam:

  • Metro 51, 53 and 54. Stop at Nieuwmarkt and walk to the Red Light District.

From Amsterdam Leidseplein:

  • Tram 1, heading to Centraal Station
  • Tram 2, heading to Centraal Station
  • Tram 5, heading to Centraal Station

Stop at Dam Square and walk to the Red Light District Area. It’s just a 10-minute walk from the Dam Square.

With the button 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.

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Red Light Secrets Reviews

We are always interested in finding out about our visitors’ experiences. Please leave your Red Light Secrets Amsterdam review below and help fellow visitors! What did you think of the Red Light Secrets Amsterdam? Would you recommend it to friends? Did you have a wonderful tour of the museum? Was it educating? Let us know and please be patient as we check all reviews by hand. Yours will be posted soon!



This museum was both informative and a bit shocking what people wrote on the confession wall. It’s small but worth a visit.


Blunt dutchies

Not too much romance in red light district it seems, last part was hilarious


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