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Enjoy the beauty of spring year-round at the all new Amsterdam Tulip Museum. Conveniently located in the heart of historic Amsterdam, near many fine shops, galleries and cafes, the museum features exhibits and films devoted to the tulip, the unofficial national flower of the Netherlands.
From Sultans of the Ottoman Empire and Dutch Merchants of the Golden Age, to gardeners today, the tulip has captivated people around the world for centuries. This fascinating flower has inspired artists and brought great wealth and even economic ruin to people who have fallen under its spell. Explore the tulip's history and discover the remarkable journey it has taken from the wilds of the Himalayan highlands to a garden like yours.
SJOERD VAN EEDEN
The family from his father’s side has been growing flower bulbs for generations, but he himself first decided to work as a history teacher. It is no surprise, therefore, that his interest in flower bulbs equals that of his love for history. Not a bad combination, of course, for somebody in charge of the Amsterdam Tulip Museum and its flower bulb shop.
Sjoerd: ‘I am afraid that in the museum the history teacher quite often gets the better of me, because almost every bulb is connected to an interesting story.’ He also likes to put his enthusiasm for bulbs on paper. The articles below are a good example. Visitors to the museum will always find a few of those stories laying around. Living in the centre of Amsterdam, he does not have a garden. He sees himself as an indoor gardener. Most of the bulbs he uses are grown in pots, hanging baskets, or – a new passion of him - in glass vases and containers.