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Address: Herengracht 605, 1017 CE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 523 1870
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Description: Visitors can tour this 17th-century canal-side house in Amsterdam, which...
Visitors can tour this 17th-century canal-side house in Amsterdam, which is filled with furnished period rooms and works of art that were donated by the owner Louisa Willet-Holthuysen to the city in 1895.
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Great if suffering from museum and crowd fatigue

This museum takes 30-45 minutes, is free with Museumkaart and let's you see how the wealthy lived in the late 1800's. The audio guide for 2 euro is a must. It gives great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This mansion is stunning and exploring the house is alot of fun. The included audio tour is great, with many segments offering extra information (press A for more information on....press B for more stories on...). If you listened to every segment of the audio tour you could easily be in this house for three hours. The house itself is very... More 

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Virginia Beach, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This museum takes 30-45 minutes, is free with Museumkaart and let's you see how the wealthy lived in the late 1800's. The audio guide for 2 euro is a must. It gives great explanation of the house, the family and life of the wealthy from that time period. We found it a nice break from multi hour museums.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful original canal house built on Heren-Gracht where many affluent and wealthy people lived. The last owners of this house bequeathed the property and all of its contents in 1895 to the city so that it may be opened as a museum. A visit to this house takes you back in time to the era of the... More 

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Bloemendaal, The Netherlands
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The Willet-Holthuysen Museum gives you a nice inside view of the rich and wealthy of the 19th century. Abraham Willet (1825-1888) didn't work a day in his life. He dropped out of the university and used his inheritance to do what he most liked: collecting art. Louisa Holthuysen was an only child, she inherited the wealth and the house of... More 

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Bedford, Ohio
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We had a challenging time finding this on foot, it is in the middle of a street of brick houses. We really enjoyed the "slice of life" feel of this home owned by a family of merchants. Beautiful decor and gardens.

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Beverly Hills, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Opulent, yet understated...the Dutch way. If you want to see what a wealthy couple lived in, this is a great place to visit, and it's close to everything, so you won't be making a special trip on the outskirts of the city to visit. Certainly, their personality comes out in their taste, but it's definitely not my taste, in the... More 

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Marlboro, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This is not a very big museum (as one would expect a house on a canal be). The garden is fantastic, kitchen is impressive, and several other rooms are quite interesting as well. A good insight into upscale Amsterdam living of the 19th century.

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Edmonton, Alberta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Want a change from the museums that house paintings in Amsterdam? There are 2 canal houses that belonged to wealthy Dutch families, Wilet-Holthuysen House shows the rooms and furnishing and a lovely garden, and Museum Van Loon is also a museum house. I visited both and if I had to choose I would go with the Van Loon home. It... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This was the second canal house that we visited using our Museum Card. The house was being restored and some of the rooms looked as they were in the time the pair lived here, colours sharp and bright. Wall hangings and curtains in the same material, an inside wide staircase with wrought iron railings. The kitchen nearly looked modern, but... More 

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Neath
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

An interesting view behind one of the canal town houses - fascinating for that alone. Children enjoyed looking around the sumptuous rooms etc and was more interesting for them than another museum. Interesting information about the history of Amsterdam and the owners. Takes about an hour. Staff weren't overly friendly but ok. Worth seeking out.

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