5 Best Museums dedicated to flowers in the world

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(The Netherlands, Bulgaria, The United States of America, Thailand and The United Kingdom)

1.Museum of Tulips (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Address: Prinsengracht 116, 1015 EA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Story of the Tulip. The museum features exhibits and films devoted to the tulip, the unofficial national flower of The Netherlands. From Sultans of the Ottoman Empire, Dutch Merchants of the Golden Age, to gardeners today, the tulip has captivated people around the world for centuries. This fascinating flower has inspired artists and brought great wealth and even economic ruin to people who have fallen under its spell. Explore the tulip’s history and discover the remarkable journey the flower bulb has taken from the wilds of the Himalayan highlands to a garden like yours. Conveniently located in the Jordaan district of historic Amsterdam near the Anne Frank House.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
Working Hours: Sun – Sat 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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The Museum is located at Prinsengracht 116, 1015 EA Amsterdam – Netherlands, +31 (0)20 421 00 95. It is open daily from 10-6; closed on King’s Day (April 27) and Christmas Day (December 25).
Admission is €5 Adults; €3 Students; €10 Families.
The History of Tulip
No other flower is as mysterious and exciting as the tulip. A simple, yet striking flower from the high mountains of Central Asia, the tulip first was discovered and taken home by plant hunters of the Ottoman Empire. It became a famous and beloved flower during the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent in the 16th century. From there the tulip started its journey throughout Europe and finally ended up in the hands of the Dutch who gave it her world-wide fame. The tulip is an intriguing flower which has inspired artists, designers, painters and florists. Examples of the tulip in different settings can be seen in the Amsterdam Tulip Museum.

2.Rose Museum (Kazanlak, Bulgaria)
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This is a circular museum in a modern building which shows the history of rose oil production in Bulgaria, As everyone in Bulgaria knows Bulgarian rose oil is the finest in the world From the original imported Damascus rose they have developed 3 strains. The displays are interesting with explanations in Bulgarian, English, French and German.
As you pass round the museum you finish on the opposite side of the foyer where you started. There is a ‘little shop’ with friendly helpful staff and a good selection of goods.
The museum is set in the rose park which is beautiful and well worth walking around.
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About Rose Museum in Bulgaria (www.bulgariatravel.org )
The only museum in the world, dedicated to the oil-yielding plant – rose, is situated in the town of Kazanlak. The Rose Museum is housed in the old building of the Rose Institute. The rose is one of the symbols of Bulgaria.
The museum is a part of the Historical Museum “Iskra” in Kazanlak. In 1967 a small exposition was created, which was dedicated to rose-picking in Kazanlak and the region. In 1969 the exposition grew into an independent museum.
Nowadays the Rose Museum stores more than 15 000 exponents related to rose-picking and rose-production in Bulgaria.
South China is considered the motherland of oil-yielding rose. In Bulgaria the plant was introduced by the Ottoman Turks. According to written evidence, industrial quantities of oil-yielding rose have been produced in Bulgaria since 1650. In 1740 a French company exported from Bulgaria the first batch of rose oil. During that time the Bulgarian rose oil was a preferred raw material for the French perfume producers.
The museum exposition includes original pictures and documents of the development of rose production, instruments for processing of the rose gardens, vessels for storing and exporting rose oil and rose water. Restorations of a rose warehouse and the first laboratory for examination of rose oil created in 1912 are made in the museum.
One of the biggest attractions in the museum is a rose oil vessel which had been used for the last time in 1947 to this day a strong rose scent can still be smelled around it.
Even nowadays, rose-picking is among the most important events in the Rose Valley of Bulgaria. It is accompanied by multiple celebrations. Every year here the Rose Celebration is conducted it is one of the most attractive festivals in Bulgaria. The Rose Festival was celebrated for the first time in 1903, and since then the traditional celebration has been conducted in the first weekend of June. This is the period in which oil-yielding Kazanlak Rose blossoms. The event attracts thousands of guests in the town and is related to multiple events – rose-picking, rose-boiling demonstrations, international folklore festival, festal procession and crowning of a Rose Queen.
Rose-picking in Bulgaria is conducted during the month of May. It starts early in the morning, when the blooming rose flower is poured with dew which preserves the rose oil and is essential for the extraction of the plant oil.
The Bulgarian rose oil has exceptionally high quality because of the technology according to which it is manufactured – the double distillation method and the intermediate cooling. This way the yielding of rose oil from rose water is raised by three times.
Even to this day, due to its high quality, the Bulgarian rose oil is still one of the most preferred raw materials by the French perfume producers.
Visitors can purchase informational materials, souvenirs, cosmetics, Rose jam, rose liquor, aroma oils, etc. in the Museum shop.

3.Conservatory of Flowers (San Francisco, California, The USA)-Free Entrance on First Tuesdays
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Golden Gate Park | 100 John F. Kennedy Drive | San Francisco, CA 94118 | 415-831-2090

The Conservatory is free to all visitors on the first Tuesday of every month.
“The Dahlia is the official flower of San Francisco” is the proud by-line of the Dahlia Society of California Bulletin in 1926. Rightly so, because on October 4, 1926 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors under the leadership of the then Mayor Rolph, without a dissenting vote, adopted the following resolution.
The Conservatory of Flowers is a greenhouse and botanical garden that houses a collection of rare and exotic plants in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California. … It is a California Historical Landmark and a San Francisco Designated Landmark.

4. The Museum of Floral Culture (Bangkok, Thailand)
Address: 315 Samsen Road Soi 28, | Yaek Soi Ongkarak 13, Dusit,, Bangkok, Thailand
Created by Sakul Intakul, an internationally-renowned Thai floral artist, The Museum of Floral Culture is Bangkok’s new tourist’s attraction especially developed for those who love floral arts and those who are interested in Thai art and culture with special focus on Thai floral culture which is an important part of the Thai way of life. The Museum of Floral Culture also exhibits important floral cultures from civilizations across Asia such as India, China, Japan, Laos, and Bali in Indonesia. In the exhibits, we employ photographs, artifacts, tools and equipments—used in the creation of floral arts—along with fresh flowers to tell the stories. We would not want to be misleading, but please kindly note not to expect extravagant floral displays as you would see in a flower show. The Museum of Floral Culture is located in the quiet residential area of Dusit District. Built in the reign of King Rama VI, The Museum of Floral Culture is a beautifully preserved 100-year-old teak mansion of colonial architecture, covering the total ground of 1,800 square meters of an impeccably-landscaped Thai-meets-Zen-style garden.There’s a little tea shop as part of the museum, and you will definitely want to stop in for a pot of tea and Asian sweets after your tour.
Working Hours: Tue – Sun 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

5.Garden Museum (London, The United Kingdom)

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Garden Museum
5 Lambeth Palace Road
London SE1 7LB
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If you have a membership enquiry, please contact membership@gardenmuseum.org.uk.

The Garden Museum explores and celebrates British gardens and gardening through its collection, temporary exhibitions, events and garden.
Visitors will also see a permanent display of paintings, tools, ephemera and historic artefacts: a glimpse into the uniquely British love affair with gardens.
Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur gardener, more of a specialist or someone with a passion for museums, history or architecture, the Museum has something for you.
Opening hours
Open Daily
 First Monday each month
The Garden Museum is next door to Lambeth Palace, sitting on the bank of the Thames looking across to Parliament. We are a ten minute walk from Vauxhall, Westminster and Lambeth North stations.

Please note the Museum will be closing early at 4pm on the following dates: 9, 10, 17, 23 October and 1, 3 November 2019.
Adult: £10
Senior citizen: £8.50
Student/Unemployed/Art Pass: £5
Family (1 adult, 1 child): £12.50
Family (2 adults, 2 children): £25
Children under 6 years: Free
The above prices include access to the tower as part of the ticket, but visitors can also climb the tower without paying the full Museum entry price.
Tower only ticket: £3 (Under 18’s free)
Friends and Patrons of the Museum: Free
Groups of ten or more: discount of 20% from ticket price
Members of the Community Access Scheme: Free
Bags and luggage
Please note that all bags larger than a handbag cannot be taken into the Museum, but can be stored free of charge behind our admissions desk.
We have been able to open up our medieval tower to visitors – those who climb the 131 steps are rewarded with views across the Thames to Westminster. Please note that the tower closes one hour before the Museum’s closing time. In inclement weather the tower may be closed for safety reasons, please call on the day of your visit if you would like confirmation that the tower is open. Find out more.
Groups and tours
All groups are welcome to the Garden Museum, though we do ask groups of 10 people or more to pre-book their visit.
Our maximum group size is approximately 20 people, larger groups will be asked to stagger their entry.
A visit to the Museum usually lasts approximately 1 hour, visits to the Museum are self-guided.
For more information please read our group booking form.
If you are interested in booking a group visit please download and complete the enquiry form below and email it to our group booking coordinator at events@gardenmuseum.org.uk. If you have any queries please call us on 020 7401 8865.

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