Opium Pipes and Objects

A pair of well-written and illustrated articles in French, here: Chinese Opium Pipes, and Required Accessories for Opium Smokers.

Steven Martin’s Opium Museum provides an excellent introduction to the topic of opium pipes and opium smoking throughout history, with numerous images. (The site is no longer directly available, but here is the version.)

Opium Culture, another excellent site, is no longer active, but can be found here via

The “Mémoires d’ Opiums” exhibition was mounted by Galerie Delalande in 2011, and has a video retrospective.

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum has a page on opium pipes, with many images of pipes, bowls, lamps, and accessories. It also has a searchable online gallery with more detailed images.

My Pinterest page contains a lot of opium pipe and related imagery.

This Vimeo clip shows Steven Martin preparing and smoking opium, using items from his collection and showing some details of how the paraphernalia actually works.

The Opium Den on the End of Your Street is a fascinating blog, written by an erudite opium smoker, that also features many interesting images.

Les Trois Trésors is the labyrinthine home of many quite unique images and documents related to opium smoking. I particularly like this article on collecting that reflects on what drives a collector, and how we define what is a “real” opium pipe.

Chinese History

The Chinese in Northwest America Research Committee has an extraordinary wealth of historical and archaeological information about opium smoking in North America, including many images, spread over three pages.

The University of Montana has a selection of opium objects and many other sorts of artifacts of Chinese immigrant life in the American West.

There are many interesting tidbits on the opium trade before the first Opium War in this collection of primary (English) sources.

Chinese art and Antiques

The Palace Musuem in China has an excellent online catalog, with large images and descriptions in English, of a great many very fine examples of Chinese art. There’s no opium-related items, but it’s an excellent place for learning more about the artistic and material culture that produced Chinese opium pipes. is a great resource for everything to do with Chinese porcelain.