When one thinks about Amsterdam, the next thing that comes to mind is surely florescent light. If not, just go along with this for a second, okay? I'm trying to start a blog post here... sheesh.
Anyways, Electric Ladyland exudes quirky charm, both from the exhibits themselves and the eccentric owner. Nick, who provided the guided tour of everything in his pitch-black basement, had assembled a musical backdrop consisting of 5-second sound clips from Jimi Hendrix songs, The Beatles, and "Indian music," noting that the short length of each clip was intentional in order to avoid having to pay any royalties. Most of his sentences end with a comma and the word "man." He also went on at some length about how Brooklyn, his prior home, was ruined by an influx of "yuppies."
He is truly, deeply knowledgeable about fluorescent light, however, and the collection that he's put together is pretty impressive. In addition to an eye-catching sculpture that shows off a beautiful array of colors when bathed in ultraviolet light - which he cleverly encourages people to take pictures of themselves in front of, presumably for marketing purposes - there is also an assortment of ordinary objects, including some passports and driver's licences, that have features which are hidden under normal lighting conditions. With a relatively low ticket price and a lack of an hours-long line that you may encounter elsewhere (*cough, Van Gogh museum, cough*), this was a great way to spend some time on a rainy afternoon.