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Willet-Holthuysen Museum

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Neighborhood: Rembrandtplein
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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 House, would recommend a visit

This is a great example of how the dutch upper classes lived in the late 19th century. The house is well presented and the descriptions around the rooms explain how people lived... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
Brian S
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Dublin, Ireland

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Dublin, Ireland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This is a great example of how the dutch upper classes lived in the late 19th century. The house is well presented and the descriptions around the rooms explain how people lived and the life and times of the Willet-Holthuysens. Definitely worth a visit.

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
3 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful Dutch house, laid out as if the family were still living there at the end of the 19th century. worth a visit

Long Buckby, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Really well done. It was great to be able to see inside one of these houses and get a feel for what life might have been life on Herengracht in the 1800's. Lovely things on display - it felt like a license to snoop in someone's home while they were away on holiday...

Edmonton
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

This beautiful old canal house is a very good depiction of how the rich lived in the 19th century. It is very well preserved. There are restorations still on the go, as things like upholstery have deteriorated with time. The restorations are keeping with the theme and time period. We enjoyed it more than the big museums, as this was... More 

Turin, Italy
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118 reviews 118 reviews
29 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I loved this place. It's well worth a visit. It is so awesomely preserved and kept. Staff was extremely nice and helpful and the whole house itself is such a gem! It is such a pity that most of the turists just don't go there and pay a visit. Every room tells a story and it's beautifully furnitured. The rich... More 

Kansas City
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197 reviews 197 reviews
59 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I left the Willet-Holthuysen Museum feeling completely ambivalent. Yes, there are some interesting rooms with pleasant views, and if this is your only exposure to what life was like in Amsterdam's Golden Age it's better than nothing. But I felt like the museum was too stuffy and took itself too seriously. I much prefer the Van Loon Museum, which is... More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Interesting seeing how this rich couple lived. I would have liked to have seen how a working family at the same time lived to compare.

Doha, Qatar
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306 reviews 306 reviews
212 attraction reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Old House Museums are usually my favourite because you get to see great architecture, art and furnishings in their original context. The Willet-Holthuysen Museum is a 17th Century House that has passed over the last four centuries through two connected wealthy Dutch families. There is a blend of different periods and styles which contribute to the natural evolution you would... More 

Amsterdam
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This monumental house on the Herengracht Canal gives the visitor an insight into the way of life of the wealthy Amsterdam merchants during the 17th Century. The house is beautifully presented, the gardens a delight and what a wonderful idea that you can sit down and drink coffee in its historical kitchen. I would say a must-see for foreign visitors... More 

Arlington, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Built in the late 1600s, the museum was once among the grand canal homes of Amsterdam. The main entry hall and stairway are impressive. Work is being done to restore more of the home, so it should become even more interesting/impressive over time.

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