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Explore the world of cannabis

About the museum

The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum manages and exhibits a unique collection, on display in two locations: a canal house in central Amsterdam and a Modernista palace in Barcelona.

The museum’s collection is composed of rare artefacts related to all aspects of cannabis history and culture, which its founder Ben Dronkers has been gathering from around the world.

Amsterdam

Visit the world’s first museum dedicated to cannabis, right in the middle of the city’s red light district.

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Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148

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+31 (0)20-6248926

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Monday – Sunday: 11:00 – 19:00

Barcelona

Visit a Modernista palace dedicated to cannabis, just a stone’s throw away from the famous Ramblas.

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Carrer Ample 35

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+34 93 319 75 39

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Closed until further notice

Cannabis Info Museum, 1993.

Our history

Aiming to change the world

Our history

In 1987, cannabis entrepreneur Ben Dronkers, together with his friend Ed Rosenthal, opened the Cannabis Info Museum in Amsterdam’s red light district. They wanted to share their personal cannabis collection and a passion for the plant, but the Dutch minister of Justice thought the museum was promoting illegal activities and closed it on day one after the official opening. However, Ben Dronkers successfully challenged the closure and reopened the museum the next day. The museum, later baptised into the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, has been there ever since.

Willy de Bok, 1994.

Ben Dronkers

Photo: Maria Dias, 2015.

Collector and founder

Interview with Ben Dronkers

“There is no plant that is so versatile, has such a wonderful history and so much potential for the future. I have been involved with cannabis all my life and the plant keeps surprising me. There are many misconceptions, inaccurate information and even blatant lies. Terrible propaganda against a plant! Through the stories behind the unique objects in our collection people can form their own opinion.”

Ben Dronkers

Photo: Maria Dias, 2015.

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Photo: Claudio Encina, 2013.

fernanda de la figuera

Photo: Derrick Bergman, 2012.

Our heroes

Cannabis Culture Awards

The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum confers the Cannabis Culture Awards to people who have taken a place at the frontline of the struggle for acceptance of cannabis in all its forms. Winners in previous years include former Dutch prime minister Dries van Agt; ‘godfather of vapor’ Eagle Bill; activist Fernanda de la Figuera; psychiatrist Lester Grinspoon; activist Jack Herer; and poet Simon Vinkenoog.

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Michka® by Sensi Seeds.

Cannabis pioneers

Sensi Seeds

Sensi Seeds, founded in 1985, pioneered the cannabis seed industry. Today, the company is the world’s largest cannabis seedbank with over 500 cannabis varieties, and four shops in Amsterdam and Barcelona. These genetics and the brand name have become true classics in the cannabis community. The Dutch government chose Sensi Seeds genetics to develop the medicinal cannabis supplied by pharmacies.

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Michka® by Sensi Seeds.

hempflax

Photo: Floris Leeuwenberg.

Reviving the hemp industry

HempFlax

Not content to merely talk about the wonderful things that hemp is capable of; in 1994 Ben Dronkers founded HempFlax, a company in the north of the Netherlands dedicated to growing and processing industrial hemp. In 2015, HempFlax opened a second factory in Romania. The company is leading the international hemp revival, and is continuously developing new products, from construction and animal care to nutraceuticals or industrial applications.

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Our unique collection is on display in two locations: a canal house in downtown Amsterdam and a Modernista palace in Barcelona.

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