An authentic 17th-century canal house is the ambiance of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum, where it presents an overview of smoking pipes throughout the ages.

The exhibition covers a period of 2,500 years and includes exciting objects from five continents. Take a private tour through the collector’s house for an unexpected experience!

The museum’s display contains the pipe’s origins in Central-American, as far back as 500 BC. The collection includes varieties like the famous Gouda churchwarden and artistic pipes carved in meerschaum and wood. German porcelain pipe bowls with hand painted miniatures and French pipes with portraits of famous contemporaries lifting up a simple implement into a conversation piece.

The museum presents smoking paraphernalia from over sixty countries: Turkish water pipes, African ceremonial pipes, finely-carved Maori pipes and precious Chinese opium pipes. In short, this is the place to experience global smoking culture.
The museum shop offers a great assortment for collectors and smokers. The shop’s smoking supplies range from souvenirs to handcrafted designs in prices from 10 to 1000 Euros.

Please note : There is no wheelchair acces due to stairs

Did you know :

  • The pipe collection represents the life’s work of a serious collector who spent fifty years in assembling the world's most extensive pipe collection. He opened his home as a museum!
  • You can see the oldest pipe, excavated in Ecuador, formerly smoked by a tribe living around 550 BC.
  • When the Dutch Queen made a visit to the Gouda pipe works in 1897, the factory made a show piece consisting of twenty long clay pipes twisted and interwoven into an artwork. This item is preserved and shown as the highlight in the collection.
  • The most exquisite pipe is a yellow meerschaum pipe with a gilt silver helmet as a cover, shown together with its red morocco leather case. The pipe was made in 1807 in order of Napoleon.

How to get there:

tram 2, 11, 12 Prinsengracht; tram 1, 5, 7, 19 Leidseplein

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Monday 12:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 12:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 18:00
Thursday 12:00 - 18:00
Friday 12:00 - 18:00
Saturday 12:00 - 18:00


Jan 1, Apr 27, Dec 25, Aug 4 & Sundays

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Prinsengracht 488 1017 KH, Amsterdam



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