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Willet-Holthuysen Museum

Address: Herengracht 605, 1017 CE Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Rembrandtplein)
Phone Number: +31 20 523 1870
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Ranked #45 of 264 Attractions in Amsterdam
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Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Visitors can tour this 17th-century canal-side house in Amsterdam...
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Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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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Seattle, Washington
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

We visited this one in conjunction with the museum of Handbags and Purses. Both can be done in quick succession and are included in the iAmsterdam card. This particular canal house has been kept open for the public according to the former owners' wishes, and after a period of neglect, is undergoing a restoration to bring it back to its... More 

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Toronto
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61 reviews 61 reviews
34 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

This is an interesting place to visit to see how the rich used to live in Amsterdam. The rooms are finely decorated, although a couple of them were being restored during our visit. We saw some restorers painting the walls and ceiling in one room, and actually found the process quite interesting. We used our Museumkaart for the visit. Admission... More 

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Birmingham
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133 reviews 133 reviews
42 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

The house provided an interesting insight into how the wealthy lived in Amsterdam in the 18th and 19th Centuries. The many different rooms on all three floors in the museum contain an impressive collection of furnishings, paintings, silverware, artistic glass and porcelain. Covered by the Museumkaart so will worth a visit.

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Big Island, Hawaii
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139 reviews 139 reviews
67 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

I really like the garden! Agree with the other reviewer. We also travelled on the Museumkaart and it was well worth it. We got our money from it.

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We wanted to see how the "upper half" lived in Amsterdam, and this house didn't disappoint. We used our Amsterdam Museumkart pass to get in (get one of these if you like museums...they are a great deal and quickly pay for themselves!). The house was beautiful and most of the rooms were open to see. Furnishings were oppulent as you'd... More 

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Ajijic, Mexico
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92 reviews 92 reviews
37 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

This is what we like more than art masterpieces that one has been seeing in reference books all ones life! this lovely home give a beautiful glimpse of the lifestyle of past generations.... Can't capture the feeling of a home, the incredibly high ceilings, rich decorations, floor coverings ... Hardware, gardens .. None of that comes through in photos ..... More 

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Vasco Da Gama, Goa, India
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

The price is only 8 Euros, but the 'mansion' is really small (I could have finished seeing in 30 minutes literally), and most of the rooms lack the original pieces of architecture/furniture that the Willets actually used. The museum itself kept mentioning in the information stands in each room that most of the things that the Willets used in this... More 

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San Francisco, California
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177 reviews 177 reviews
24 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

This is a beautiful house once owned and lived in by Abraham Willet and Louise Holthuysen. They were both 36 years of age when they married. They had no children and upon Louise's death the house was donated to the city of Amsterdam. Both husband and wife collected art and that is displayed in the house although the lighting could... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Travelling with my teenage daughters, we thought it would be so interesting to tour a grand, historic mansion on one of the toniest Amsterdam canals. Last inhabited in the late 19th century, the mansion has not been very well maintained and it is not worth the visit. In several of the once grand rooms, plaques advise visitors that there are... More 

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Sundsvall, Sweden
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

It was nice to see, if you have the time go, otherwise priority something else. Not worth the money, however we used our city card.

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