Eccentric bags, unique bags, or famous bags; every bag you can imagine can be found housed in a beautiful 17th-century building at the Museum of Bags and Purses (Tassenmuseum Hendrikje). From Chanel, Versace and Vuitton to antique bags and everything in between, you can admire an eclectic range of vibrant pieces on display here. Exhilarating exhibits showcasing the work of Dutch designers are regularly held here. Don't forget to stop by the cafe for a bite.
Located near the Anne Frank House, this little museum throws up an unexpected treat for visitors exhausted from exploring the traditional art and history museums of Amsterdam. Known to be the only one of its kind in the world, the museum displays a stunning array of fluorescent art within its cave-like interiors. Far from your usual museum experience, visitors not only get to see what's on display, but also get to be part of the art in some cases. Of special note is the display of seemingly innocuous minerals that emit a vivid glow under ultraviolet lights.
Galerie de Salon is more than just a neighborhood spot for a cut and shave. This combination salon and art gallery features a display of art that rotates every six weeks. Admire paintings and sculptures while expert hands sculpt your next hairdo.They even host workshops and art appreciation events on the weekends.
Back in the 1960s, one sweet lady took in a stray cat and her kittens. Her house soon became too small for all the cats that followed and she moved to a houseboat in one of Amsterdam's lively canals. Even though cats hate water, they flourished in their new home and it since became a cat shelter where cats can go their own way, are not confined to cages and walk around like little captains. It is a unique and remarkable place. Two hours a day tourists are very welcome to come aboard and see this amazing shelter for themselves.
The Amstelkring Church, Our Lord in the Attic, is housed in a 17th-century canal house with authentic living rooms on the lower floors and a preserved Roman Catholic Attic Church upstairs. A maze of rooms, halls and staircases with lots of peepholes remind you of Holland's Golden Age. Following the Alteration in 1578 (when Amsterdam became Protestant), Catholics were not permitted to practice their religion in public. These churches were privately owned and designed not to be recognizable as churches from the outside. The building now houses a museum.
The eye-catching building in Westerpark is perhaps pioneering architect Michel de Klerk's most famous specimen of the Amsterdam School of architecture. The building's curved, brick-exposed features make it one of the most unique in the city. Built in 1919, the sprawling building originally contained homes for the working class as well as a post office and a meeting hall. The facility now offers tours highlighting and explaining the stellar features and design philosophy of the building. Apart from this, visitors can also witness the old post office and various exhibits relating to the homes within the building. The original site of the post office is now a leading architecture school.
Overlooking the Dam Square. Ripley's Believe It or Not! is a museum that serves as home to a wide range of artifacts of a unique nature. Rising up to five floors, the museum which is home to bizarre objects provides a panoramic view of Dam Square.
Just when you thought Amsterdam couldn't get any weirder, they came up with Body Worlds. Located near Dam Square, this is a very unique museum that explores the theme of 'happiness' in human lives through its distinct displays - each of which is a dissected and preserved human body arranged in various formats that emphasize diverse concepts of the human lives. The collection includes over 200 donor bodies that are displayed such that give interesting insights into complex machines that our bodies really are. Open all week, this museum makes for an exceedingly interesting visit - what's even more interesting is that over 17,000 people have already volunteered to become future specimens of the exhibition.
While most educational tourist attractions showcase only the best of their cities, Amsterdam Dungeon offers visitors a more honest, if a little more bloody, look at the past 500 years of local history. A cast of almost twenty skilled actors presents vignettes about the more gruesome elements of Amsterdam's past, sending travelers down in a rickety elevator to kick off over an hour of spine tingling terror. For one of the best insights into the untold stories of the city's past, look no further than Amsterdam Dungeon.
Amsterdam's mysterious unknown sculptor created this small plaque set into the ground close to the Oudekerk, the old church in the center of the city's Red Light District. Molded from bronze, the piece takes the shape of a man's hand touching a lady's breast and is often considered to be an homage or mark of respect for Amsterdam's many sex workers, much like the nearby statue, Belle. While nobody knows who created or placed it in secrecy so many years ago, the Borstplaat, which literally means the breastplate has been a part of Amsterdam since 1993.