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1. Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148

Museum director Ben Dronkers and cannabis activist Jack Herer in front of the museum, 1993.

In 1987, cannabis entrepreneur Ben Dronkers, together with his friend Ed Rosenthal, opened the Cannabis Info Museum. Here, at this location on the edge of Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Ben and Ed wanted to share their passion for the plant, and their personal collection of cannabis artefacts, with the public.

However, the Dutch Minister of Justice believed that the museum was promoting illegal activities. It was closed the day after the official opening, making headlines in national media. But Ben fought the decision, and the museum reopened a day later. Later renamed the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, it has been the heart of the Green Light District ever since.

The museum collection now has more than 9,000 items. Over two million visitors have been here, from all over the world, to learn about the plant. As Ben Dronkers says: “We want to increase the recognition of this exceptional plant by showing visitors its past, present and future.”

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