A May 2005 trip
to Amsterdam by Sarah the Expat
Quote: My husband was speaking at a tech conference, and since the hotel was paid for by his employer, I tagged along. I had two days sightseeing on my own, then the weekend to chill out with my sweetie.
Hotel | "Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 30, 2005
OOSTELIJKE HANDELSKADE 34
Attraction | "City Canal Cruise, 75 minutes"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 30, 2005
Blue Boat Company
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1071 ZD
31 (0) 20 679-1370
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 30, 2005
Prinsengracht opposite 296
31 20 4270 750
Attraction | "Erotic Museum"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 31, 2005
Amsterdam Erotic Museum
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 54
Attraction | "Amsterdam Sex Museum"
At the back of the first floor is a room devoted to photographs of the extremes of sex, including fetishism, bondage, anal, beastiality... well, you get the idea. Don’t go in unless you’re really ready to be disturbed; there’s a sign warning you not to complain if you see something you don’t like!
There are three levels to this museum, and the architecture of the place is actually quite interesting. They’ve made good use of the stairwells and landings to display various paintings, and the ceiling over one part is all glass. As you move up to the second level, the displays are less tacky. The Sex Museum does a much better job than the Erotic Museum in explaining the various objects in their collection, including country of origin, how things were used, and approximate dates. There is a large display of b/w photography from professional and private collections, paintings, carvings, statues, etc. In one area, you can sit between two giant penises and watch a video about the beginnings of porn; beware, though, as the middle seat is set to suddenly start vibrating at random!
At only 2.50 Euros, this is a bargain attraction and well worth the money. If you only go to one of this type of thing, skip the Erotic Museum and do this one; their collection is bigger, better explained, and more varied.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 31, 2005
Sex Museum Amsterdam
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2005
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2005
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1016 GW
+31 20 624 77 66
Sarah the Expat
London, United Kingdom