If you stroll from Amsterdam Central Station in the direction of Dam square, Madame Tussauds or Nieuwe Kerk church, you will walk right past the Sex Museum. It’s the first and oldest Sex Museum in the world, and welcomes around 500,000 visitors every year. With a large collection of statues, paintings, photos, videos and objects, it is a leading museum in its field.
- The world’s oldest Sex Museum.
- 500,000 visitors annually.
- Admission ages 16 and up.
The history of sex
The museum’s motto is “sex is the most natural thing in the world”. All rooms and galleries are named after historic figures, who are all touched upon briefly. The museum shows how sex has played an important role in history and art history. Some visitors are drawn out of a particular interest in such objects as the erotically illustrated Delftware tiles, others out of amused curiosity.
The 17th-century building
All of the objects in the museum were collected by the owners themselves and are exhibited in a 17th-century building, a house with two annexes and a home-designed stairwell, all connected together. The result: an exciting labyrinth of hallways and rooms.
Museums in the area
Amsterdam has a high museum density, so there are numerous other museums worth adding to your to do list. How about the Museum of the Canals, the Houseboat Museum or the Tulip Museum. The Amsterdam Museum, which tells the story of Amsterdam, lies but a ten-minute walk from Damrak. And just a little beyond that is Begijnhof courtyard, a nice place to rest up for a bit.
Spend the night in Amsterdam
Would you like to stay in Amsterdam? You can! We have a broad range of great hotels and bed and breakfasts for you.