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11 Mar, 2012

Redesigned Tulip Museum Due to Open in Amsterdam


Amsterdam (PRWEB) March 07, 2012 — The Amsterdam Tulip Museum has been reimagined, redesigned, and will reopen with all new exhibits at its new location on April 25, 2012. Located in the heart of Amsterdam on 116 Prinsengracht, two doors down from its old location, the new museum will feature approximately 2,200 square feet of exhibit space that includes seven galleries, a theatre, and a flowerbulb shop.

Visitors will learn the fascinating history of the tulip — from its origins in the Himalayan Highlands to its cultivation in the Dutch Lowlands — through artifacts, newly commissioned films and art objects, and displays designed to be engaging as well as informative. The word tulip itself is derived from the Turkish word “tülbend” meaning turban.

Colorblends, a Bridgeport, Conn., flowerbulb wholesaler, sponsors the museum with support from Fluwel, a Dutch bulb company. Colorblends founder, Tim Schipper, saw the need for a museum that celebrated Holland’s unofficial national flower in Amsterdam — rather than in distant growing fields that are more difficult for tourists to visit. Creating this museum has been a labor of love for this entrepreneur and tulip aficionado.

“We opened the first Amsterdam Tulip Museum in 2004, but eventually realized that if we wanted to do justice to the compelling story of the tulip, we needed to start over in a larger space with an entirely new approach,” Tim Schipper said. “We hired an Amsterdam-based curator and architectural firm to work together with local artists, filmmakers, and craftspeople to create a museum that is interactive, illuminating and capable of igniting the imagination of visitors from around the world.”

The architectural firm of Nezu Aymo designed a museum that not only celebrates the beauty of the tulip, but also promotes learning through experience throughout its different galleries. “Our client’s goal was to make the museum a continuous flow of varied tulip experiences,” architect Skafte Aymo said. “And our greatest challenge as architects was being tasked with designing exhibit spaces that had the ability to transport visitors to different times and places in history without leaving the museum.”

For more information, visit http://www.amsterdamtulipmuseum.co

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