the hemp museum

Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum

History and Use of a diverse Crop Plant and Drug

The Hashish Marihuana and Hemp Museum, opened in 2012, offers fascinating insights into the history and diversity of cannabis use. The museum, housed in a beautiful medieval-style palace restored in the modernist style, is located in the historic district of Barri Gòtic. The Palau Mornau is just a few minutes’ walk from the Columbus Statue. The unique exhibits show the historical use of hemp as well as current discussions on the topic and the future potential of the plant – all very exciting, informative and entertaining explained.

Our recommendation for the Hashish Marihuana and Hemp Museum

  • With our Gothic Walking Tour you come very close to the Hashish Museum
  • The nearest bus stop of Bus Turístic is just 500 meters away
  • Also on the Columbus monument you will find hints about the Canabis plant

The exhibition of the Hashish and Hemp Museum

In the first room of the permanent exhibition, the differences between male and female cannabis plants and their effects are explained. It continues with original works from the 17th century by important painters such as David Teniers the Younger, Cornelis Decker and Herman Saftleven – the paintings show the consumption of hashish in those days. Particularly interesting is the next room, in which hemp is presented as a pure crop. Impressive, what was and is produced from the material: clothing, shoes, furniture, building materials, car parts . It is now clear that cannabis offers more than an “intoxicating” experience.

Another focus of the exhibition is the combination of hashish consumption and religion as well as the importance of cannabis in music, film and literature. Then it may be speculated with a wink: Was Shakespeare perhaps “stoned” when writing some of his works? At least, during the excavations of his house, pipe bowls suitable for hashish smoking have been found. And what about Popeye? What did he smoke in his pipe if he did not eat spinach?

More serious is the next area, which is about the fight against drugs, which especially the Americans fought very boldly in the 70s. Also, the legalization of hashish in some countries comes up, as well as the effect and use of cannabis in medicine. If you like, you can round off your visit to the shop in the entrance area – and you’ll be surprised once again how many products with and from hemp are available for purchase.

Extra tip: On the way back, if you come back to the Columbus statue, you should take a closer look at the pedestal. Two cannabis branches are growing from the center – which, incidentally, has only recently been discovered. What does Columbus have to do with cannabis? After visiting the museum you know it.

Foundation of the Hash Museum in Barcelona

Founder of the museum is the Dutch businessman and philanthropist Ben Dronkers, who runs another hemp museum in Amsterdam. The valuable artefacts of the collection he has brought back from traveling around the world. His goal: to make museum visitors aware of the importance and numerous uses of cannabis.

Why visit the Hashish and Hemp Museum is worthwhile

The museum gives a differentiated view of the hemp plant. Thus, in addition to its centuries of use as a drug, it also shows its use as a medicine and its many other, very practical uses, such as in vehicle construction or in the textile industry. You will also learn a lot about the history of the diverse plant, how it became from the everyday drug to the massively (and unsuccessfully) fought illegal drug.

The Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum in Barcelona shows the diverse use of the cultivated plant as a crop and also the centuries-long use as a drug.

The Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum in Amsterdam

These are in fact two small museums, for the price of one. Both are located in a short walking distance one from another at Oudezijds Achterburgwal, one of the canals of the Red Light District.

First exhibit, called the Museum covers different uses of the hemp plant and some of its varieties used for recreational purposes and usually called cannabis. The hemp plant is one of the oldest crops known to man, which has been used for thousands of years as a material to make textiles (similar to linen), ropes and even paper. Hemp has been also a source of oil – which while eatable, has been produced mainly to impregnate textiles, as a fuel for oil lamps, as a medicine and to make paints and soap. Today, the hemp plant is seen as an important alternative of cotton, but while cultivation of cotton asks for a lot of water and pesticides and its harvest is labor consuming, the hemp plant is a strong, undemanding, versatile crop, harvesting of which may be easily mechanized.

Second exhibit called Hemp Gallery, puts an accent on civilized use of cannabis, its history and tradition in arts, again repeating the arguments for the wider use of hemp. A small art gallery where individual shows of painters and photographers take place, is located at the back of the exhibit.

Marijuana Museum visit

Both museums are interesting and instructive. Especially The Hemp Gallery presents a unique, individual in its selection, exhibit of artifacts worth seeing, not only if you are interested in tradition of recreational and medical use of cannabis, but also in history and social questions surrounding the use of the hemp plant.

Adult visitors may feel the effects of vapors of one of the five different marijuana plants cultivated at the museum, in the special vaporizing room located on the premises.

Marijuana Museum open

Every day 10:00 – 22:00 except April 27th.

Marijuana Museum tickets

Adults: €9
Children under 13 when accompanied by adults: free

How to get to Marijuana Museum

The Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum is located at 5 minutes walk from the Dam square.

Looking for the museum exact address, do not confuse another old Red Light District canal – Oudezijds Voorburgwal (Old Side in Front the City Walls) with Oudezijds Achterburgwal (Old Side Behind the City Walls) – the canal just fifty yards further, where the museum is located.

It is almost impossible to get to the museum with the car. We advise you to leave your car at the Bijenkorf department store parking garage, and walk to the museum.

The Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum in Amsterdam
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148
1012 DV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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The Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum in Amsterdam These are in fact two small museums, for the price of one. Both are located in a short walking distance one from another at Oudezijds