Whether you enjoy smoking a pipe or not, the Amsterdam Pipe Museum is worth a visit. This fascinating collection of pipes displayed in a lovely canal house are sure to delight you.
AMSTERDAM PIPE MUSEUM • PIJPENKABINET
At the Pijpenkabinet you will get a sense of the history of pipe smoking on five continents. They have pipes from as early as 500 BC!
The collection was originally amassed by Amsterdammer Don Duco who began by finding some antique pipes while doing renovation work and becoming fascinated with the history of pipes. His collection was moved to different galleries several times, and more pipes were added by aficionados. Now housed in a beautiful building on the Prinsengracht originally constructed in 1670, the museum is a wonderful place to visit.
The pipes and accessories are displayed as they would be in a collector’s home. Glass cabinets line the walls and the pipes are displayed without tags or signage. This atmosphere of the nineteenth century definitely adds to the mystery and interest of the pieces.
There are many pipes made from different types of ceramic, and also pipes from a curious white stone that turns brown after contact with smoke. We liked the French pipes in the form of famous people’s heads. You might be intrigued by the collection of opium pipes.
Downstairs below the museum you will find the pipe shop. Here you can purchase pipes, smoking accessories and tobacco if you like.
After a visit to the Pipe Museum, perhaps you would like to stop by the nearby Whiskycafe L&B and sample one of their more than 1800 whiskys. Somehow whisky and pipes seem to go together.
Want to get a short preview of this attraction? Check out this video about the small museums of Amsterdam including Electric Ladyland.
Prinsengracht 488, Amsterdam
TOP TIP: If you plan to visit more than three museums within the year, we recommend the Museumkaart for locals. The price of €59 is worth it as entrance to each museum is around €15-20 for adults. If you are visiting Amsterdam take a look at the iAmsterdam card which gives you free transport around the city as well as free entry to many museums and attractions in Amsterdam and beyond. Check here for more information and to purchase the iAmsterdam card online. Another option is the Holland Pass which grants free and discounted access to several museums and attractions. Check here for more information on the Holland Pass.
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