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Highlights from the Collection


Cannabis Items

Two Museum Locations

From cultivation to consumption, ancient ritual to modern medicine, every aspect of cannabis in global culture is represented in the world’s largest museum collection centred on the cannabis plant.

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Reefer Madness

A series of anti-marijuana propaganda films and books released in the 1930s helped fuel hysteria about cannabis.

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Hemp for Shipping

No other natural fibre can withstand the forces of the open ocean and the ravages of salt water as well as hemp is able to.

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Golden Age of Medicinal Cannabis

The hundred years between 1837 and 1937 are known as the Golden Age of Medicinal Cannabis.

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Historic Hemp Culture

Cannabis was (and is) a sacred plant for many people and has historically been used in religious ceremonies in many cultures.

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Cannabis Counterculture

The forbidden cannabis plant became a symbol of the counterculture movement of the 1960s and beyond.

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Cannabis Sativa L.

Cannabis Sativa was first classified in 1753 by botanist Linnaeus. In 1783 biologist Lamarck classified a second species: Cannabis Indica.

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Growing Hemp

Industrial hemp is one of the oldest agricultural crops on Earth and it has been used to make thousands of different products.

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Hemp Lifestyle

Hemp is the key to a sustainable future. The plastic that can be obtained from hemp is lightweight, durable and biodegradable.

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History of Smoking

The museum has a sizeable collection of unusual paintings, prints, drawings and photographs of men and women smoking.

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Making Hashish

Some hash production methods are thousands of years old and have been passed on from generation to generation.

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Old Masters

Our collection contains works by famous 17th century Dutch artists, such as Adriaen Brouwer, Hendrick Sorgh and David Teniers the Younger.

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Cannabis Japonica

Explore the highlights of our exhibition Cannabis Japonica, on display from May 12, 2022 to February 26, 2023 in our museum in Barcelona.

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After almost 50 years of Ben Dronkers collecting artefacts from cannabis culture, the collection of the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum has risen to over 9,000 items. From cultivation to consumption, from ancient ritual to modern medicine, every aspect of cannabis in global society is represented in some way.

During your visit to the museums in Amsterdam and Barcelona you can, see: unique old master paintings by contemporaries of Rembrandt; antique hemp tools; botanical prints; photos of hash making in various cultures; pipes from all over the world; 19th century medicinal cannabis bottles; ancient and modern hemp textiles; pop culture paraphernalia; bioplastic made of hemp fibre; and much more. Prepare to be staggered by the enormous scope of the collection.

Contribute to our collection

The unique status of the museum as a treasure-house of information has led to generous loans and donations from researchers and cannabis aficionados from all over the world.

Please let us know if you would like to contribute to our collection.

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