Electric Ladyland is a little gem of a museum tucked away in the heart of Amsterdam’s beautiful Jordan district. It is a place that lots of people have heard of or intended to visit, but few people have actually made the next important step and booked a visit. That is a shame. And, to my shame, I was in that group right up to last week. I had heard a rumour that it was closing. This turned out not to be true. However, it motivated me to continue and see if I could still see it. I was delighted I did. It is one of the most interesting and fascinating places to visit in Amsterdam. Read on to find out more.
I did a simple thing that had a fantastic result. I got in contact with Electric Ladyland by sending an email to the contact details on the website. Soon after, I got an answer from Nick, the museum’s founder, and I set a time to visit. Honestly, I had no real idea what to expect, but it felt like I was finally ticking something off my wishlist of places I wanted to see. Electric Ladyland is on a quiet road in the Jordaan. It is discreet, and if you blinked, you might miss it. Those who have heard of it and want to visit it can often be seen outside, waiting for their turn to do the tour. They will get to see something so unique. Nick says it is the only Museum of Florescent Art in the world.
I can vouch that I have never seen anything like it before. It is quite a small space, but there is surprisingly a lot to see. Nick warmly welcomes the visitors and gives everyone socks to wear. This is because you actually get to walk on the artworks he created. All the magic is downstairs, so everyone goes down to the basement. In this space, Nick goes through his whole collection of paintings, posters, artefacts, minerals and fluorescent stones from all over the world. Nick explains everything clearly and with great passion. It is a joy to listen to him and see all the surprising things he has in his collection. Visitors are amazed when Nick passes his lamps over the stones and shows everyone what happens when different wavelengths of light are used.
Go See For Yourself
Here are some more photos from our visit. I certainly encourage you to visit Electric Ladyland. It was simply brilliant and fascinating. See Nick’s website for more details about visiting.
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