I grew up thinking that museum meant a place where you gain knowledge about history, art or culture and frankly, sometimes it’s not that fun. After traveling and witnessing all kinds of museums, I realized that literally any subject matter can be made into a museum and they can actually be pretty interesting.
Here’s the Amsterdam Cheese Museum. I didn’t take it seriously when I first saw it because the place doesn’t really stand out from other shops. Also, the place simply looked too fun (I was really used to thinking that museums always have some sort of formality or seriousness). However, I got curious and I saw that there were a lot of free cheese tasting, so why not!
The place starts out with a fully functional store with many different kinds of Dutch cheese. Of course, it’s not the nicest smelling place, but the free cheese tasting can’t be missed! Operating with tourists and foreign visitors in mind, the cheese sold here are also all vacuumed pack and ready to be taken in the air.
The actual museum is in the basement and it’s free to enter. The place is pretty small so the information is neatly presented in a concise manner. Here, you’ll learn about the history of cheese making, witness the most expensive cheese slicer in the world. There are even props for you to dress up like a traditional Dutch cheese farmer and capture those moments at the photo booth that’s complete with a backdrop.
Considering the size of this museum, you don’t need a lot of time to visit here (unless you’re hanging around for the cheese samples), so it could be a fun place to in your itinerary. If cheese is not your thing, the Amsterdam Tulip Museum is just next door.
Amsterdam Cheese Museum
1015 EA Amsterdam
Nearest Tram Stop: Westermarkt