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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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Awesomely preserved and furnitured

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
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Turin, Italy
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113 reviews 113 reviews
28 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

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 

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Kansas City
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

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 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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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.

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Doha, Qatar
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211 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 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 

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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 

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Arlington, Virginia
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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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Tokyo, Japan
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This isn't anywhere near a perfect restoration of the original house, but they're honest about that. They're going at it room by room, and you can see signs explaining what they're planning to do, but many of the rooms are still museum displays of this or that.

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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This beautiful house and garden gives you an insight into the home life of wealthy and prominent Amsterdam residents in the 17th Century. The introductory film and audio guide are very interesting and helpful. It is interesting to contrast the Willet-Holthuysen Museum with the Museum of Our Lord in the Attic, which is contained in a much more modest merchant's... More 

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Toronto
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148 reviews 148 reviews
16 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

There are other Canal House Museums, but this was our favourite. Obviously, on a short trip to Amsterdam you have to start with the top-rated attractions, but if you have the time, this museum will give you a very different experience, and one that is unique to Amsterdam. The excellent audioguide leads you through the house, its furnishings, its history,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I thought the canal house museum was very pretty and interesting to see. I loved the period furniture and the artwork collection. I would, however say, it was pretty pricey for what it was. I'm not sure I would recommend it to any travelers trying to budget their trips wisely

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