Posted on: June 13, 2014
Updated: 8 September 2020
The Condomerie in Amsterdam is world’s first condom shop. It’s located in the Red Light District – on the oldest street in the city – and easily recognizable by dozens of condoms displayed in the shop window. Many sex workers buy their condoms here. But the Condomerie is mostly visited by tourists who have never seen anything like this in their life.
The shop was founded in 1987 in a time when the HIV-virus was quite active. The owners of the Condomerie wanted people to get better sex education. They wanted society to become open about sex education, the prevention of STD’s, teen-pregnancy and whatnot.
Sex education has been compulsory since the end of 2012 for primary schools and high schools in the Netherlands. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science wants to prevent sexual coercion or transgressive behaviour on one hand, but also homo-negative behaviour. It also wants to promote respectful behavior or sexual resilience of students. There are also points of contact with sexual education in other attainment targets. For example, pupils must also take care of their own health and well-being and have knowledge of functions of the body.
Theodoor van Boven is the founder of the Condomerie and one of the 22 experts in our Amsterdam Audio Tours App. During this GPS-guided audio tour he tells more about sex education in the Netherlands which is one of the better programs in the world today. Download this app and learn all about Amsterdam’s Red Light District by listening to the interesting stories of these 22 experts – like real sex workers, police officers, historians and local entrepreneurs.GET THE APP >
In the left window (above) you can see condoms in different sizes: small, medium, and liar! ?
In the right window of the Condomerie you can see the more funny condoms – Eiffeltoren shaped condoms, windmill condoms, Amsterdam bollards condoms, etc – which are sold as souvenirs. Furthermore, the Condomerie also offers condoms in very imaginable size, colour, flavour and design (cannabis leaves, horned devils, Delftware tells…), along with lubricants and saucy gifts.
Warmoesstraat 141, 1012 JB Amsterdam.
The Condomerie is one of the highlights during our walking tours because it reflects Dutch liberalism and open-mindedness. Learn more about sex education, legal prostitution, coffeeshops and Amsterdam’s history by joining our Red Light District tours. It’s interesting, fun and healthy!BOOK HERE >