Museum visits § 2

General museum description

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum is part of the Pijpenkabinet Foundation and as a collection unique in the Netherlands and Europe. As a specialized museum the Amsterdam Pipe Museum exhibits the world wide culture of pipe smoking and the use of tobacco. The presentation gives a profound idea of smoking in five continents from the earliest times (500 B.C.) till present days, so without limits in time and space.

The categories of the collections of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum vary from archaeological to historic and from folk art to ethnographic. Subjects to be found are:

  • pre-Columbian era: pipes dating back to the prehistoric times of smoking
  • archaeological: excavated pipes from the Netherlands as well as examples of other parts of the world
  • clay pipes: historical smoking pipes from the 19th and 20th century, including complete surveys of several manufacturers
  • porcelain pipes: artistically modelled or skilfully painted examples
  • meerschaum pipes: tobacco pipes and cigar holders with characteristic shapes and artistic carving
  • wooden pipes: early pieces from various types of wood as well as a survey of the popular briar pipe
  • various smoking pipes: products of ivory, bone, stone, glass, metal, hard rubber etc.
  • etnographics: pipes from Africa, Asia and America, including water pipes
  • opium pipes: original Chinese examples and counterparts from other countries
  • pipe makers tools: the technical aspect of the craft
  • tobacco curiosities: objects related to pipe smoking
  • prints and drawings: illustrations from smokers of all periods
  • records: original documents, manuscripts, ordinances and pamphlets om pipes and pipe production
  • tobacco wrappers and vignettes: all sorts of wwrappers and packages for pipe tobacco, cigars and cigarettes

The history of the collection dates back to 1969, quite some time ago, but a remarkable short time span considering the size of the museum collections with over 27,500 items.

The completely registered collections and the thorough documentation on the objects make every item in the collection a reference piece for itself. For that reason the Ministry of Culture and Science of the Netherlands rewarded the museum in 1993 with the A-status within the National Collections. This qualifies the Amsterdam Pipe Museum as the National Museum for the tobacco pipe and the smoking habit.

The extensive international library and deep going historical documentation in combination with the scientific research done by the museum over 40 years, makes the Amsterdam Pipe Museum a world renown institute for reference and research.

Since 1995 the Pijpenkabinet Foundation is housed in an historical building in the city centre of Amsterdam, along one of the four famous canals. The entrance via the caracteristic stairs leads the visitors to the beautifully restored historic interior where they can experience the museum as the personal house of the founder, the private collector. Here, with great care the most beautiful and most representative pipes of the collection are displayed. The combination of the unexpected collection, stylish presented in its historic ambiance gives theis museum its cachet and unique appearance.

The permanent exhibition of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum displays over 2,000 items, both pipes and paraphernalia. These items represent the large variety of smoking pipes and utensils that has been used in all parts of the world over the past 25 centuries. Amongst them you will find topics of great historic value and of high artistic quality. At the same time, the humble poor man's pipe is not disregarded, as to show the visitor the smoking cultures of all layers of society in the various continents.

cabinet de curiosités in the green room of the Pijpenkabinet
early wooden pipes pipes of various materials
pipemaker's marks
stemmed clay pipes etnographic pipes
Cameroon pipes
pr-columbian and American-Indian pipes pipes from Asia
figural clay pipes
modern briar pipes meerschaum cheroot holders
carved meerschaum pipes
porcelain pipes waterpipes
painted porcelain pipes
carved briar pipes covers for pipes
opium pipes and paraphernalia
the making of clay pipes Dutch decorated clay pipes
exhibition of Chinese opium pipes
the main room of the Pijpenkabinet with showcases all around
click for objects from the Amsterdam Pipe Museum
early wooden pipes pipes of various materials
pipemaker's marks
stemmed clay pipes etnographic pipes
Cameroon pipes
pr-columbian and American-Indian pipes pipes from Asia
figural clay pipes
modern briar pipes meerschaum cheroot holders
carved meerschaum pipes
porcelain pipes waterpipes
painted porcelain pipes
carved briar pipes Dutch decorated clay pipes
opium pipes and paraphernalia
the making of clay pipes covers for pipes
display of rare pre-columbian pipes
showcase with different specimen of West-African smoking pipes
This is the old website of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum.
Visit our new website www.pipemuseum.nl
including the on-line collection .
Amsterdam Pipe Museum - the worldwide culture of pipe smoking
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