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Willet-Holthuysen Museum

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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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How the wealthy Dutch lived 300 years ago in a canal house

This was our first opportunity to get inside a "typical" canal house, which used to be owned by only the richest citizens of Amsterdam. The ground floor, below street level had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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White Plains, New York

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This was our first opportunity to get inside a "typical" canal house, which used to be owned by only the richest citizens of Amsterdam. The ground floor, below street level had very low ceilings,with kitchen and entrance to the garden, but the upper 2 floors were very grand in size and scope. The floor plan is much larger than you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Right in the middle of Amsterdam is the Willet-Holthuysen Museum. It is a beautiful house and gardens "time capsule" to upper class living. Elegant and luxurious, it is definitely an attraction of Amsterdam.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Entrance to this property was included onour Amsterdam card otherwise we may never have visited. Just a short walk from the tramline we found this restored gentleman's home from the 19th century. As one who enjoys social history I got a real feeling for the people and time as we freely wandered through the rooms and the small formal garden.... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is a small museum that allows visitors to see what the wealthy merchants of Amsterdam lived like in the 19th century. The displays are great as is the audio guided tour. The museum explains what they have done and what they are doing. Do not miss the gardens!

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Cork, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This little Museum is a rare opportunity to go into a wonderful canal house. Situated within a few hundred meters of the Hermitage Museum it is a real gem! We had a coffee in the actual kitchen of the house for only one euro and for this we sat in the wonderful kitchen overlooking the beautiful garden. You can wander... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

If when you are looking at the canal side houses from the boat or on foot and think to yourself, 'I wonder what they are like inside?' you can find out. This museum is a wonderful way to have a look inside a fantastic house. I defy anyone to be disappointed! Opt for the audio tour; you find out so... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The history of this house is well documented. The owner of home was an animal lover so some good artwork of animals in the rooms. The last will of the owner left the home to the city of Amsterdam specifically to be maintained for the public. More details when you arrive!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Great insight into the 17th century living style of the elites of Amsterdam. Do take the audio tour for just 2 euros...worth the information

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Visited this museum early August and was captivated by the story it told. Was so nice to be away from the crowds. I would recommend a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

A rare insider view of the wealthy side of life in the 1800's here. The explanations are well-done with a good short film setting the stage for a tour throughout the house and garden.

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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is as historically significant as it is perennially popular. Whether you’re a history buff, architecture enthusiast, shutterbug, or fashionista, odds are you’ll find the Amsterdam you're looking for while roaming around the Grachtengordel (Canal Ring). A brilliant place to get lost in a moody meander and a key component to any sightseeing trip to Amsterdam, this area's major draws include the Anne Frank House, the Bloemenmarkt floating flower market, an enviable assortment of independent boutiques along De Negen Straatjes, and of course all of Grachtengordel’s lovely canals and bridges.
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