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Willet-Holthuysen Museum

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Address: Herengracht 605, 1017 CE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 523 1870
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Visitors can tour this 17th-century canal-side house in Amsterdam, which is...

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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Well preserved canal house owned by wealthy 1800s couple.

In some respects it is lucky the last owners of this house had no children so they bequeathed their canal mansion and art collection to the city of Amsterdam. A lovely house... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
McLaren Vale, Australia

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Vienna, Austria
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40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I really love these kinds of museum. It's like time traveling to the past. The house is gorgeous and my favourite rooms are the Ballroom, bedroom and the ladies Salon. You don't want to miss this when you visit Amsterdam. It's just part of their history. And you'll want a glimpse of what life for prestigious and wealthy people looked... More 

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McLaren Vale, Australia
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In some respects it is lucky the last owners of this house had no children so they bequeathed their canal mansion and art collection to the city of Amsterdam. A lovely house showing insight into how a wealthy couple lived. The audio tour was insightful and easy to use.... As you walked around the house you just touched your audio... More 

Thank CrinkleCutCat
Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful building, parts of it exceptionally well restored. Richly decorated. Fascinating audioguide. Well worth a visit.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed the short introduction into the history of this canal house. The restoration of the home has been done with great detail. The Christmas trees with antique decorations were a treat. We spent about 1.5 hours here, so not taxing to the teens. Each enjoyed different aspects of this hidden treasure.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Went to this museum because we had the Amsterdam card and saw the good reviews on here and I'm glad we did! Very cute and charming house! The garden was beautiful! The inside of the house was well taken care of and the rooms were beautifully decorated! I particularly loved the kitchen and the formal dining table with all the... More 

Thank Noe D
Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Found this while ambling along....best decision was to view it. A very well put together museum showing how the other half lived. Beautifully, restored and carefully looked after. Was well worth it and a visual slice of history.

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Staines, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

I enjoyed the museum but there is so much more that could be done with it. I think there are further plans for restoration etc so it will be interesting to see what the future holds.

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orlando fl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

This canal house was interesting. Seeing the decor and the way people used to live. It is well restored.

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

This canal house is quite nice, but I think the least interesting of the three that are open to the public in Amsterdam. Still nice to visit all three in one day, on a theme trip.

Shelton, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Stopped here during our honeymoon to get some Amsterdam history on an old house from the 1800's that is pretty well preserved and we were not disappointed. The house is well maintained and really gives you a feel for what it was like to live here in the 1800's. Similar to the Royal Palace but for a civilian (although probably... More 

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