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Discover a unique tribute to cannabis in a historic setting in the heart of Amsterdam.


Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148


+31 (0)20-6248926


Monday to Thursday: 12:00 – 20:00
Friday to Sunday: 10:00 – 22:00



Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148

The Museum

Since 1987

The Museum

The museum reveals how cannabis, the world’s most versatile plant, has contributed to the development of medicine, art, music, textiles, exploration, and more. The museum, in a vibrant part of Amsterdam’s city centre, showcases the highlights of a collection of over 9,000 cannabis artefacts, houses a cannabis garden with live plants, and features an interactive vaporizer exhibition.

Cannabis entrepreneur Ben Dronkers founded the museum at the original location in 1987. Nowadays the Amsterdam museum consists of two complementary sites within walking distance of each other.

Hemp gallery

Second venue

Hemp Gallery

A second venue, on the same canal, was added in 2009 to display even more of the museum’s unique collection. The Hemp Gallery is dedicated to the long history and wider uses of the hemp plant. From paper and sails, to food, plastics, high fashion and design.

In the Hemp Gallery you can discover how useful hemp is, and its potential for giving us a sustainable future.

© Barwerd van der Plas.

Temporary Exhibition

Cannabis Japonica: Shinto & the Spirit of 麻

Discover how hemp is interwoven with traditional Japanese culture.

On display in Amsterdam until March 17th, 2024.

© Barwerd van der Plas.

Good to know

Audio guide

Hear the stories behind our exhibits

Your museum ticket includes a free audio guide, which allows you to explore the museum at your own pace. The audio guide is available in eight languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

On average a tour through our both sites lasts one hour.

Group tours
The museum can accommodate groups of up to 60 people.

On request we offer guided tours for (school) groups of 10 to 15 people in English or Dutch.

Weed of Wonder museum book

Order our new book

Weed of Wonder

Explore the world of Cannabis through the unique collection of Ben Dronkers and the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum.

A comprehensive illustrated guide to the history of Cannabis.


Explore further

Green Light District

Within just a stone’s throw from the museum, you will find a variety of cannabis-focused venues.

Gain in-depth knowledge by participating in special cannabis courses at the neighbouring Cannabis College, or visit Europe’s oldest and most legendary cannabis seedbank, Sensi Seeds. Inspired by your tour, crown your experience by shopping for fair-trade hemp products and enjoying delicious coffee and hemp teas at the Hempstory boutique cafe. Discover Amsterdam’s unique Green Light District.


Dutch hempbeater with blue cloudy sky

Photo: Floris Leeuwenberg.

Hemp-beater De Paauw

The beating heart of historic hemp culture

Discover the heritage of Holland’s thriving hemp history in this authentically restored windmill, just outside Amsterdam.

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