If you come to Amsterdam and want a psychedelic experience caused by something other than Magic Truffles, make sure you visit Electric Ladyland, world’s first (and probably only) museum of fluorescent art. It’s truly an unique experience. I did this prior to the trip I had later that day, to get a nice psychedelic flow going.
After paying five euros, I felt slightly disappointed when I saw the museum has only one small room. But there is more than meets the eye at first glance. If you come to this museum, prepare for a very uncommon but interesting hobby being shared for an hour or so.
The museum consists of rare art pieces, made by natural fluorescent stones (or paint taken from those minerals). Your eyes will immediately be dwarn towards the huge fluorescent sculpture. If you look at it closely you’ll see all kinds of details, small windows with glowing stuff underneath, brain-like textures and lava merging in the statue. It’s a beautiful and well-crafted piece of art.
It gets even more awesome when the founder of the museum comes in, Nick, a true hippie from New York, who has lived in Amsterdam since the 80’s and unable to speak a word of Dutch (but hey, who cares, this is Amsterdam!) He keeps telling me that the Dutch are awesome, because they leave you alone and don’t freak out but tell you they like things in a relaxed way. “I don’t know how you people do it, or what you do, but I love it, so stay like this at least until I die”, he said. I think this is especially true in the Jordaan area of Amsterdam, where this museum is located. People will leave you be, letting you do your own thing.
The guy is quite a talker himself though, he loves to talk about his stones and art, he knows everything about all the material from all the corners of the world, but mostly from New Jersey and Sweden. He will tell you passionately about the geography of the stones, the science, the history, everything.
But the real psychedelic magic happens when he turns off the light. With his UV light and black light he shows how everything in his museum looks different under different lighting (even his own tattoo) . And this really feels similar to the open eyed visuals you could have when Magic Truffles open your visual senses. The colours of everything become so bright and beautiful out of something boring and grey.
In the background you’ll hear some indian music, Hendrix and more.
I felt like I was on another planet with a surreal man, but I loved everything about it and learned something along the way. Nick really brought everything to live and I could have listened to him for hours. Definitely worth a visit.
Electric Ladyland can be found at: Tweede Leliedwarsstraat 5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. If the door doesn’t open, then a museum tour is busy and you’ll have to wait some minutes.
All artwork and objects photograped belong to Electric Ladyland