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Weird and wonderful Amsterdam

Explore unusual places in Amsterdam

With Amsterdam having such an open and liberal attitude as a city, many of the things that we find weird and wonderful about it are simply ways of life for the natives. That doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t unusual museums and attractions to be seen in the Dutch capital, and here are some of the best.

Vrolik museum

Putting our strongest foot forward, Museum Vrolik might just be one of the most unusual museums in the world, let alone in Amsterdam. Not one for the faint-hearted, the museum is home to a really rather extraordinary collection of human body parts, medical case studies and more, curated by Dr Gerardus Vrolik in the 19th century. Available to see are skulls, skeletons and human specimens with birth defects such as cyclopean babies, Siamese twins and more.

Sex museum

Another museum which should be treated with obvious caution, the Sex Museum is the oldest sex museum in the world, and hosts a collection of erotic paintings, photographs, recordings and more. The collection was personally arranged by the museum’s owners, and although it treats the history of sensual love with the respect it deserves, the displays are often tongue-in-cheek and light-hearted meaning that it is a great visit for couples as well as groups.

Light festival

Not quite as weird, but certainly wonderful, the Light Festival sees fantastic illuminations and artwork take over the canals and walkways of Amsterdam from November to January each winter. These vibrant and colourful displays light up the city, and include everything from abstract works of art, to optical illusions, to more conceptual pieces such as Intrepid, a group of illuminated panels designed to look like a giant paper boat.