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Willet-Holthuysen Museum

Herengracht 605, 1017 CE Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Rembrandtplein)
+31 20 523 1870
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Ranked #46 of 247 Attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Visitors can tour this 17th-century canal-side house in Amsterdam...
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Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Museums
Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Amsterdam
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Great to see inside a canal house. Well worth a visit and reasonably priced. Takes no longer then an hour. Short film at the beginning is interesting. Would recommend.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Not what we felt we were led to believe it would be, the contents had mostly been dissipated. Nevertheless, it was interesting to look around what a house of that era would have been like and the garden was good.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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255 attraction reviews
291 helpful votes 291 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 via mobile

This is house is worth a visit. Bequeathed by its owners it depicts life in a canal house in 19th century.

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Bremerton, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

If you have ever wondered what one of those many canal houses looked like inside, then this is the museum for you. In 1895, Louisa Willet-Holthuysen bequeathed her residence, its entire contents and the art collection of her husband Abraham Willet to the city of Amsterdam. We didn't have a lot of time to go through it since we arrived... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This is a beautiful Canal House near the Bag and Purse Museum. It has been maintained/restored to reflect life in Amsterdam in the early 1800s and it is GORGEOUS. Amsterdam has many, many museums but if you want to see what a life of privilege in Amsterdam was like in the 19th century, this museum is a must.

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Chesterfield, Missouri
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

The museum is touted as an example of a 17th century housed donated at the end of the 19th century. You would expect to find some of the decorations and furniture to be from that period and from the person who donated it. Not true, as you travel through the areas you are informed that the rooms are going it... More 

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Hampshire
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Nice surprise when we went in this house. Well laid out with smartphone style handsets giving you the story of each room. You could even sit in the kitchen, which is part of the museum, amongst the antiquities and have a coffee! The garden is set out in an 18century French style with an amazing sundial.

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