Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum

Hash MarihuanaThe oldest and most important museum in the world dedicated to cannabis.

In the middle of a green area of the Red Light District (the museum itself calls it the 'Green Light District') you find this special museum, dedicated to Cannabis Sativa L.: the plant better known as hemp or marihuana. The museum has a remarkable collection showing all kinds of aspects of cannabis, it facilitates scientific research and has important informative function. Therefore, the museum is also an education centre, frequently visited by (high)school groups.

gitaar hennepvezelsIn 1985 the Dutch entrepeneur and philanthropist Ben Dronkers opened the Hash Info Museum in the Red Light District, together with his friend Ed Rosenthal. Just one day after the official opening the museum was already closed at the personal order of the Dutch Minister of Justice. However, Ben Dronkers was (and is!) persisting. He took action against the closing and succeeded, the museum was opened again one week later. After a couple of years the Hash Info Museum was renamed to Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum.

The Diversity of Cannabis

We all know that cannabis is being smoked as hash or marihuana, mostly as a recreational drug. Especially in Amsterdam, there is no way around this in the midst of all the coffee shops. But did you know that cannabis is also being used as a medicine for over 5000 years? Over time and in many cultures around the world cannabis got much appreciated for its medical purposes. Besides this, cannabis is a holy plant to many people; it is used during religious ceremonies within different cutlures, from South-East Asia to North America. From hemp (the fiber producing kinds of cannabis that contains less than 0.2% THC) the seeds are used for food products and oil and the fibre for the production of all kinds of things, like eco-friendly clothing , furniture or very firm car particles.

Permanent and temporary exhibitions

we are mary janeThe museum exhibits the world wide history of cannabis and shows special objects and art all made of or related to cannabis. Here you discover what the connection is between Columbus and cannabis, learn that hemp was already used to produce clothes in the old era in Japan and see how cannabis was used in old medicines. Besides this, the museum is always a decor to interesting and beautifully displayed temporary exhibitions around the theme cannabis.

Opening times

Daily from 10am to 10pm
Closed on Kingsday (27 April)
On December 31 the museum closes at 5.30pm
On January 1 the museum opens at 1pm.

Address and map

Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148, 1012 CH Amsterdam
Visit the website of the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum
T +31(0)20 624 89 26

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Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 264
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T +31(0)20 - 62 38 622
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