Visitors to the Amsterdam Tulip Museum have a treat in store. In celebration of the its recent renovation, the museum staff teamed up with six world-famous Dutch tulip explorers to update wild tulip exhibits and create a stunning new 45-page full-color booklet on wild tulips called "Tulips." The booklet, featuring detailed text and brilliant photography, is currently offered free to all visitors.
Wild tulips, you might ask? Yes, and it’s an exciting story.
While millions of visitors flock to Holland each spring to see the famed Dutch tulips, the vividly-color spring bloomers are not actually native to Holland or even to Northern Europe. Most tulips hail from the hard-to-reach mountain ridges and barren steppes of the Himalayan and Ural Mountains.
The sight of exquisitely-colored tulips contrasted against the rugged backdrops of their extreme natural habitats is an eye-opener. Programmed by nature for survival, tulips in the wild cling to exposed rocky crags, thriving against odds where the weather can change by the minute from scorching hot to brutally cold night falls or when the wind shifts direction. In its wild tulip exhibits and booklet, the museum showcases a labor of love, captured over 20 years of annual treks on foot or horseback by six Dutch scientists and flower bulb specialists who share a passion for rugged adventure and tulips.
In addition to the wild tulip exhibits, visitors to the museum can experience the entire story of the tulip:
Other exhibits provide a look at the commercial bulb trade, tulips and the arts and antique gardening tools.
The Amsterdam Tulip Museum is located at Prinsengracht 116, 1015 EA Amsterdam - Netherlands, +31 (0)20 421 00 95. The museum and shop are open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, except King’s Day (April 27) and Christmas Day (December 25). Museum admission is €5 for adults, €3 for students and €10 for families. I amsterdam cards and Holland Pass are accepted.