Jul 25, 2016 9:20 AM

Explore Marijuana History and Culture at These Cannabis Museums

A museum is probably the best place to explore both history and culture of various countries, nations, or even phenomena. Cannabis is not an exception to the rule, although there is not as many marijuana-themed museums and exhibitions. Weed in Focus will tell you about the five most interesting cannabis museums you can visit to learn more about your favorite plant.

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Local Leaf, Portland, OR

Local Leaf is more of a weed shop than a museum, but it has something to offer to both weed smokers and curious tourists. There is a special section in this dispensary where you can find an impressive collection of cannabis memorabilia. The collection includes various objects: from underground cannabis-themed posters, to unusual artworks, to rare historical documents.

All the exhibits were collected by Local Leaf's Matt Ford, who spent the last two decades looking for something interesting, valuable, and exclusive at various swap meets, garage sales, etc.

The best part about this unusual marijuana museum is that you can simultaneously explore cannabis culture and history, and an impressive variety of marijuana strains and edibles. So, if you happen to be in Portland, make sure to visit this one-of-a-kind place.

The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Amsterdam is a Mecca of sorts for marijuana lovers, so it comes as no surprise that the world's oldest cannabis museum—the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum—is located here. The museum was founded by Ben Dronkers and his friend Ed Rosenthal. The first attempt to create a marijuana-themed information center was not successful: only a day after it was officially open, the museum was forced to close its doors. Luckily for all marijuana fans, Mr. Dronkers is a persistent person. He won the battle with local authorities and reopened the museum.

Later, the museum was renamed and renovated. Today, it consists of two sites: the museum of hash and marijuana history and the Hemp Gallery where you can learn more about industrial hemp.

The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, Barcelona, Spain

In 2012, Ben Dronkers, the founder of Amsterdam's Hash Marijuana & Hemp Museum opened a similar center in Spain. The museum is located at the Palau Mornau, an impressive 15th-century building in the heart of Barcelona Gothic quarter.

Along with a vast collection of marijuana-related items and documents, this place gives you a chance to enjoy the unique atmosphere of medieval Catalonia.

Hanf Museum Berlin, Berlin, Germany

The Berlin Hemp Museum remains the only place in Germany where you can explore the local history of cannabis. There are eight rooms with various expositions: from the history of marijuana cultivation across the world, to the medical use of the plant, to the most spectacular parts of cannabis culture and history. There is even a special room dedicated entirely to cannabis' current legal status in different parts of the planet.

Whakamana Cannabis Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand

New Zealand also has its museum dedicated to cannabis history and culture―Whakamana Cannabis Museum. The museum was founded in 2013 and is located in a former residential house in Caversham, Dunedin.

Whakamana Cannabis Museum is an information center where you can learn more about marijuana use, local cannabis policy, history, and culture. The museum hosts marijuana-themed exhibitions and screenings of cannabis-related documentaries. There is also a library with hundreds of books related to the history of cannabis use. Moreover, the museum is a national center for the Aotearoa Legalize Cannabis Party (ALCP)―an organization that fights for marijuana law and policy reform in New Zealand.

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