So you've explored the Rijksmuseum and the works of Van Gogh and now you're looking for something a little more off-the-wall. These unique and unusual Amsterdam museums won't disappoint.
It may seem creepy, and I suppose it kind of is, to preserve human remains in jars. But this museum -- which is part of the University of Amsterdam's Academic Medical Center -- displays such specimens in the name of science, namely the science of Professor Gerardus Vrolik (1755-1859) and his son Professor Willem Vrolik (1801-1863). The anatomical and zoological collection includes 150 specimens of congenital malformations, as well as additional scientists' collections of pathological bones and dentistry items.
Housed in a stately canal house, the museum's grand building was used in shooting the film Ocean's Twelve.
Do you know a crazy cat lady? I'd bet she's no match for Henriette van Weelde, the founder of De Poezenboot ("the Cat Boat"). This floating feline sanctuary gives countless stray cats in Amsterdam a place to call home and is 100% staffed by volunteers. They welcome visitors and are eager to educate people on responsible cat ownership. Many canal boat tours point out the boxy boat, which always has a few lazy kitties lounging on the deck.
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