Today’s post is about the most random, but possibly the best museum, I have ever visited. In the heart of Amsterdam, hidden in the backstreets near the Anne Frank Museum and the Cheese Museum, is the strangest, but wonderful little place called the Electric Ladyland Museum. I first discovered it on Pinterest, when I was planning my itinerary for Amsterdam. It took me a while to come across it, I think it was under something about “unique/off the beaten track” places to visit in Amsterdam, so I’m not sure too many people know about it – yet.
The Electric Ladyland is a museum, supposedly the first of it’s kind, of Fluorescent Art. Boy, is it cool. From the outside, it just looks like a quirky art shop, but downstairs is this tiny little room full of fluorescent paintings, objects and a gigantic hand made sculpture.It is run by the most lovely couple you’ll ever meet. They have lived in loads of different places, travelled the world together and have some incredible stories. The wife is an artist, and you see her amazing work as you walk into the “museum”; it’s all very colourful and abstract. The husband runs the museum downstairs, where he holds a talk about all things fluorescent – he really knows his stuff, I mean, the pair of them are so passionate about what they do, it’s very refreshing to see.
Admission is just 5 euros (on the website they ask that you prebook, but I didn’t know they had a website until now so we just walked in and paid on the spot. Keep in mind that we visited at the end of February on a weekday so perhaps it has peak times in the summer). I would say we were there probably around 90 minutes to 2 hours.
Upon entry, you head down to the “museum”, which is downstairs beneath the art shop, and you are instantly greeted by this amazing fluorescent sculpture. It’s the sort of thing you have to see to believe. The couple made it themselves and used handmade paints too. The man gives you about 20 minutes or so to look at the sculpture and to wait for more people to arrive before he does his presentation.All around the room are cabinets of “minerals” and crystals of all different colours, as well as bits of paper and card, which under normal lights, appear to be nothing out of the ordinary. During his presentation, the owner teaches us about the use of fluorescence in our everyday lives. It’s on money bills, train tickets and advertisements, and it’s really interesting to learn about them from an expert. He uses different lights to make the fluorescence appear, and he shows us how some ordinary looking rocks become amazing colours when put under different lights. It’s such an awesome experience to listen to such a passionate person teach you about something really cool.I really, really enjoyed Electric Ladyland, it was one of my many highlights from visiting Amsterdam! It was a really cool and original find, I would definitely make time for a visit if you get the chance! It goes to show that doing some research on Pinterest can find you some awesome stuff to see and do.
Have you been to Electric Ladyland? What places did you visit in Amsterdam?
I’d love to know in the comments!