Exploring Sex Museum In Amsterdam

My friend came to see me in Amsterdam this weekend and we spontaneously decided to visit the museum I always pass by, but never been to – the Sex Museum of Amsterdam. A bit odd and quirky, but funny to sightsee. The museum is located at the Damrak street, 5 minutes walk from the Central Station. It is one of the busiest streets in Amsterdam, so get ready to get squeezed on the way.

This place is a great mixture of wax figures of Venus, Mata Hari and Marilyn Monroe.

 The museum is divided into tiny rooms from where you can hear different muffled noises from the hidden speakers. The rooms have different names: Mata Hari, Marquis de Sade, Rudolf Valentino, Oscar Wilde, Marquise de Pompadour and so on.

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 The Sex Museum  has many hundreds of interesting pieces of art, unique objects and rare old photographs. Some of them are extremely disguising, some pretty interesting and creative.

What to see

A rich and interesting collection of the objects about the human sexuality: art as well as photographs, china, figures, plates, arms and many other items – all that composed in sometimes a bit old-fashioned presentation.

Opening hours

Every day 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 p.m.

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€ 4 (Minimum age is 16 years).

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How to get there

Walk from the Central Station direction Dam (2 minutes) or from the Dam square direction to the station (5 minutes).

More info

Sex Museum in Amsterdam
Damrak 18
1015 LH   Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 20 6228376

Would you visit the Sex Museum when in Amsterdam?



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37 thoughts on “Exploring Sex Museum In Amsterdam”

  1. The Guy Who Flies

    Haha, brilliant Agness!

    I remember visiting this place in 1993 and it looks as though not much has changed. I certainly remember the Marilyn statue but the less said about what else I specifically remember the better!

    When I was visiting Amsterdam in 2001 I suggested to my girlfriend at the time of visiting but she didn’t seem interested (I found that rather bizarre, maybe she was more prudish than I thought she was?)

    The less said about that picture of you hugging a statue of something the better. Interesting selection of pictures though.

  2. ha ha I’m pretty sure I’d make myself go alone because I would have no one to go with and then feel really awkward the entire time.

  3. Yep – visited over a decade ago when we were students and happy to have a museum that was super cheap compared to the rest. It was a laugh for sure. What I am not sure about is if I’d go back the next time I’m in Amsterdam.

  4. Brilliant! I’ve been to Amsterdam a couple of times, but I never visited the Sex Museum. If I’m ever going back it will definitely be on my list.

    – Robin

  5. Interesting! I think I would visit it for the sake of unique experience different experience – it’s definitely different from any museum I’ve visited so far. Besides, Oscar Wilde’s and Marquise de Pompadour’s rooms sounds very intriguing :)

  6. I remembering visiting that place on my first visit to Amsterdam many years ago! Looks like they’ve cleaned it up a bit- or maybe you didn’t put the really bad photo’s in?!

  7. Hehehehe great post!! Although sometimes when walking around places like this, I find that the exhibits fall short of what my imagination is capable of… Maybe I shouldn’t go around publicising that too much…

  8. Yeah, I have been and again similar to The Guy, it was years ago and we all went in for a laugh. We stopped laughing later on though LOL as we started to wander into the more “serious” rooms.

    The last time I was there, the place was packed with teenagers. Mainly American and lots of giggling and screaming. I liked the black and white photos but the trench coat flasher gave us all a fright. I’m liberal and it’s all pretty interesting and something to do on a rainy day, except for the animal bit…!

    I went to Amsterdam in January, but I didn’t bother to go this time as I’ve been there, seen that..!

  9. I don’t know…a toss up between this place and the Hygiene museum in Dresden for museum experiences that I don’t really feel the need to experience :)
    Frank (bbqboy)

  10. Haha I remember going here with my boyfriend last year! We accidentally discovered it since we were walking around when it started to rain and we happened to be in front of this museum! It was a pretty entertaining museum! :)

  11. Well to be honest I wasn’t expecting a budget traveling blog to feature this nothing short of tourist trap so called museum. On the other hand from your description it almost sounds like you appreciate the “art” here, which is very odd from me to comprehend, especially since there are cheaper museums around the world with actual art, but to each is own I guess. Take care now. Jerry

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