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New Amsterdam Museum Details Prostitution in City's Red Light District

Amsterdam's Red Light District
Amsterdam's famous Red Light District. (Image credit: <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-5675p1.html">devy</a> | <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/">Shutterstock</a>)

For tourists wanting to experience Amsterdam's notorious Red Light District without necessarily participating in the — ahem — local offerings, a new museum opening this week offers a glimpse into the neighborhood's salacious history.

The Red Light Secrets museum is slated to open its doors Thursday (Feb. 6), in the heart of Amsterdam's Red Light District, one of the most well-known urban hubs of prostitution, reported the Associated Press. The educational center, located in a former brothel, is designed to teach visitors about the history and realities of the prostitution industry, which has ruled the Red Light District's network of narrow side streets and alleyways since the Middle Ages.

A hologram of a beckoning prostitute will greet visitors at the museum's entrance, according to the AP, and sightseers can tour the former brothel, which includes traditional museum displays, short films and reconstructed workrooms, where patrons got down to business. The museum's organizer, Melcher de Wind, said the Red Light Secrets museum will enable visitors to learn about how Amsterdam's Red Light District works without having to visit a prostitute, reported the AP.

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