Over the years, cannabis has been smoked using pipes by many different cultures. The oldest known pipes were discovered in a graveyard in Laos. They are approximately 3000 years old and were probably used for smoking cannabis.
On display in the museum
In the 17th century, the practice of smoking pipes filled with tobacco and hemp spread throughout Europe. The museum houses a few hundred pipes, the most beautiful of which are on display in Amsterdam and Barcelona. Richly embellished African pipes and typical Dutch pipes made of white limestone from the Golden Age are on display. Simple Asian pipes are displayed alongside hookahs, elegant oriental water pipes.