An authentic 17th-century canal house is the ambience 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 the 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 access 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 showpiece 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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