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Electric Ladyland: The Museum of Fluorescent Art

The world's only museum devoted to the wonders of fluorescence. 

Not far from Amsterdam’s famous Anne Frank House is a small museum devoted to far more psychedelic matters. 

Owned and operated by pony-tailed artist Nick Padalino, Electric Ladyland can be found underneath the similarly-named street-level art gallery, Electric Lady. Electric Ladyland is the world’s first (and seemingly only) museum focusing solely on the magic of fluorescent light.  

On entering the basement exhibit visitors are surrounded by bulbous, otherworldly shapes creating a fully-immersive environment straight out of a Love Generation fever dream. When the black light comes on, the home-made shapes spring to life as every surface glows with a neon phosphorescence. Patrons are encouraged to explore the psychedelic space at their own pace, taking part in what the owners call “participatory art”. While the main attraction is the experiential room, the museum also features a large collection of rocks and other elements that naturally react to UV light. The glass case full of dull gray stones explodes with flecks of electric color under the black light. The collection also contains various ephemera related to fluorescence such as vintage black light play-sets and informational displays.

Anyone looking to experience the exhibit need not bother with any recreational drugs as walking through Electric Ladyland can feel like walking through an acid trip. An acid trip which also instructs you about the science of phosphorescence.   

 

Know Before You Go

DIRECTIONS:

JUST 5 MINUTES FROM 'ANNE FRANK HOUSE'

In the Jordaan, just off the Prinsengracht, between the Bloemgracht and the Egelantiersgracht, "Electric Ladyland" is
just 5 minutes walk from the "Anne Frank House" and the Westerkerk ("Wester Church").

From the CENTRAL STATION, take Trams 13, 14, 17, 20 or Buses 21, 170, 171, 172 for three stops
and get off at the stop "Westermarkt" in front of the Wester Church on the Rozengracht.
Walk in the same direction as the Tram for a short distance over the Prinsengracht,
and then take the first small street on the right - Eerste Bloemdwarsstraat. Walking down this street you will cross
over the Bloemgracht (where the name of the street changes to Tweede Leliedwarsstraat)
and in about one more minute you will be in front of "Electric Lady" Art Gallery
and "Electric Ladyland - the First Museum of Fluorescent Art" on the right side of the street,
just before reaching Egelantiersgracht.

If walking from the CENTRAL STATION, take the Damrak to the Dam Square, turn right and walk behind the Royal Palace,
then take the street going straight out from the back of the Palace called Raadhuisstraat.
After a few minutes you will see the Wester Church on the right side of the street.Ý Walk pass the Church for a short distance,
passing over the Prinsengracht, and then take the first small street on your right - Eerste Bloemdwarsstraat. Walking down this street you will cross over the Bloemgracht (where the name of the street changes to Tweede Leliedwarsstraat)
and in about one more minute you will be in front of "Electric Lady" on the right side of the street,
just before reaching the Egelantiersgracht.

If walking from the "ANNE FRANK HOUSE", or if coming by Museumboat to the first stop at "Anne Frank House",
walk back to the Wester Church on the Rozengracht, turn right for a short distance crossing over the Prinsengracht,
and then take the first small street on your right - Eerste Bloemdwarsstraat. Walking down this street you will cross
over the Bloemgracht (where the name of the street changes to Tweede Leliedwarsstraat)
and in about one more minute you will be in front of "Electric Lady" on the right side of the street,
just before reaching the Egelantiersgracht.

If walking from the PRINSENGRACHT, and turning onto the Egelantiersgracht, walk to the second bridge and turn left.
Walking straight ahead "Electric Lady" is on the left side of the street.
If walking from the PRINSENGRACHT, and turning onto the Bloemgracht, walk to the first bridge and turn right.
Walk a short distance to where you will find "Electric Lady" on the right side of the street, just before reaching Egelantiersgracht.

If walking from the Leliegracht, cross over all the canals, including the last canal Prinsengracht, then take the little street
just in front of you to the left, called Nieuwe Leliestraat.Ý Walk to the second cross-street,
turn right and "Electric Lady" is just on the right side of the street before reaching Egelantiersgracht.

If coming from the Leidseplein, take Tram 10 four stops and get off at "Bloemgracht".
Walk down the Bloemgracht to the second bridge and turn left. Walk a short distance to where you will find
"Electric Lady" on the right side of the street just before reaching Egelantiersgracht.

Because of the fact that there are three different Leliedwarsstraats - 1e or Eerste (first), 2e or Tweede (second),
and 3e or Derde (third), combined with the fact that some street names change as you cross over canals,
it can be a little confusing walking through the small Artist's village called the Jordaan,
but it is one of the most beautiful and interesting areas of Amsterdam.

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