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Amsterdam Pipe Museum

In the historic ambiance of a traditional Amsterdam canal house, the Amsterdam Pipe Museum presents an overview of fashion and design in smoking pipes. The exhibition spans a period of 2,500 years, with exciting objects from five continents. In the meantime, the museum has been polished up and looks radiant again.

Visit Amsterdam Pipe Museum with your City Card

It is not necessary to reserve a time slot to visit this location with your City Card. Make sure that your City Card is valid at the time of your visit.

PLEASE NOTE: When you visit the museum and a tour has just started, it is mandatory to join the tour and you cannot go through the museum on your own. You pay a supplement of € 2,50.

World famous pipe collection

The collection is the life's work of a serious collector who, in fifty years, assembled the world's most renowned collection of smoking pipes. The possibility of a personal tour on the main floor of the collector's house makes your visit an unexpected experience.

The origin of the tobacco pipe

The museum shows the tobacco pipe from its origin with the American native Indians more than five hundred years BC to the present day. Ranging from the famous long Gouda clay pipe to artistic pipes from the 19th century, cut from meerschaum and wood. The hand-painted miniatures on porcelain pipe bowls from German manufacturers are amazing pieces of art. French smokers developped a new fashion of smoking their tobacco out of portraits of famous contemporaries that portray the smoker's personal interests. In this way the pipe is elevated from a simple utility item to a conversation piece .

European pipes and ethnographic smoking utensils

In addition to European pipes, the museum displays ethnographic smoking utensils from more than sixty countries. Notable are the Turkish water pipes, the enormous ceremonial African pipes, the extremely refined Japanese pipes or precious Chinese opium pipes. Each culture has its own forms, adapted to the local smoking habits and traditions, which the museum displays through pipes and smoking attributes.

The museum shop

The museum shop in the basement is an unexpected El Dorado, both for pipe smokers and visitors looking for something unique: from smoking kitsch to design. And for those looking for more depth, there is a variety of new and antiquarian publications.


See how the Amsterdam Pipe Museum makes a visit accessible for people with a disability or handicap.

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