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Willet-Holthuysen Museum

Herengracht 605, 1017 CE Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Rembrandtplein)
+31 20 523 1870
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Ranked #50 of 307 Attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Museums
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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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Coventry, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

If, as you wander around Amsterdam admiring the external architecture, you wonder what the houses are like on the inside then this little museum is the place for you. Think National Trust stately home but on a small scale. The interiors are being renovated in 18th and 19th century style. The house is a 'double' and the interior is subsequently... More

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United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I stopped here during a downpour in August 2014, and there was someone (guest or staff, I couldn't tell) playing the pianoforte in the piano room, which was lovely. This had more interesting artefacts in it compared to the other two canal houses I looked at; there was a whole room dedicated to past times, hobbies and games, with loads... More

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York, United Kingdom
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114 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a very interesting example of a nineteenth-century canal house, which explore the story of the last occupants, who were art collectors and socialites. It is very rococo in decorative style, which may not be to some people's taste, but I really loved. The video in the ground floor was very good, and the garden very nice. It was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

For this trip to Amsterdam, we bypassed the Rijksmuseum for four smaller ones we felt we could enjoy without the saturation that comes with the obligatory sense to "see it all" in limited time. This beautifully furnished canal house and garden was bequeathed to Amsterdam in 1895. The audio and descriptive signage make it totally accessible to English speakers. Walking... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I did not know about this museum until I saw a discount card for it in my hotel. On a whim, I decided to check it out since I would be in the area. I was quite amazed with this museum. It was lovely seeing all the art as well as seeing the way people lived back then. You can... More

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Cesena, Italy
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We visited the house after van loon museum and we find it better . The histories with audio guide help you understand better several objects and the architecture of the house itself . Really worthy a visit

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

It seems like all rooms in the house have been changed compared to when the owners live there and that there only seems to be plans on restoring them. I would have liked it more if it was more authentic or if they at least showed some colorized b&w photos of how it used to be. Also think 8 euros... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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176 reviews 176 reviews
47 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Much that is fascinating in this impressive and elegant house. The building itself is beautiful and it has charming features such as a gorgeous staircase and well proportioned rooms. However... Some of the furniture is lovely, but doesn't come from this house or this family. Maybe that is why it feels in places rather sterile and impersonal: because it isn't... More

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39 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Since access to this place was covered in the museum card we went in. And we were pleased to visit a very well maintained house that gave an idea how the better off lived 1-2 centuries ago. Since it is somewhat off the beaten track it was also quiet/relaxing and therefore even more enjoyable

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

You must go there to see how the grand houses of Amsterdam evolved. To see the double fronted and double depth house in all it's glory is a really enjoyable experience and the manner of the tour is excellent. Again very well done to all involved

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