Visit the only Museum of Prostitution in the world and one of the most visited attractions in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. The Museum of Prostitution – Red Light Secrets – is located in the heart of the so called Wallen area, at the Oudezijds Achterburgwal 60. Inside the Red Light Secrets Museum you get to see what actual brothels in Amsterdam look like.
This area is the oldest part of Amsterdam. It has the oldest streets, the oldest buildings and also one of the oldest professions in world. It currently contains 292 window brothels and more than 300 active sex workers. Most window brothels were introduced since the 1950’s, but prostitution has always taken place here. This is the only place in the world where you’ll find window brothels in opposite of an active old church and windows next to a popular daycare.
Learn about the real lives of prostitutes in Amsterdam. In particular, the museum shows what it means to be a prostitute. This is done in a fun and playful way, with the help of films and interactive installations. You can even sit behind a window yourself in the Red Light District. The interactive museum offers an interesting audio tour that is well worth trying.
The museum makes it clear in a confrontational way how denigrating prostitutes are often treated. Subjects such as trafficking (forced prostitution) and violence against prostitutes are not avoided. Starting from the idea ‘let he who is without sin cast the first stone’, visitors can confess their own sexual sins at the end of the museum.
The museum is housed in two national monuments that are connected on the inside. The museum was opened in early 2014. In the first year of its existence, the museum had already attracted more than 140.000 visitors. Make sure you don’t have to wait in line and buy your tickets in advance of your visit to the Red Light District. Besides a museum visit, it’s recommended to join the offbeat Amsterdam Red Light District Tour with a local expert.
Daily: from 10:oo am till 12:00 midnight.
Fine example of "House Church" - an important and unique aspect of religious history in the Netherlands. Well-preserved and maintained, signage in Dutch and English, well curated, excellent audio tour. Site exists as it was originally used and is accessible only by stairs - may not be accessible to those with some disabilities.
We went to see this place since it was close to our hotel. It said "museum", I guess we were expecting something a lot more elaborate. This is a regular Amsterdam house, three floors and small rooms. The audio tour is alright - walks the listener through the life of a prostitute. You learn about the legality and the other programs that the government runs for these workers. If you have extra time and nothing else to do, visit this place. If you have other alternatives, i'd consider those first.
Great little museum packed with information. Had a go at sitting in the window. there is a cgi you can sit infront of and find out how it feels to be oogled in the RLD. Dont forget to write a confession for the wall.
You go thru their two floors about six or eight rooms with different videos or pictures on the walls it tries to tell you what it is like for the ladies and that they have a normal life away from work.
I'm really glad we stopped in. I've only had a vague understanding of prostitution in Amsterdam. I knew the girls were in windows and they were basically independent contractors, but I learned a lot more than that. It's absolutely worth it if your interested. The only draw back was how crowded it was, so I was feeling a little rushed. They could use a cut off number of people at a point.
Visited this museum which was very well laid out but a little cramped with the amount of people passing through. Found the stories of the prostitution trade & those who worked within it both fascinating & poignant. Would definitely recommend to those who are broad minded.