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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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Yet another house-museum shows how the 17th century "billionaires" lived

Here the rear garden in the star, and the property goes all the way through from the Herengracht to the next street. The house is more interesting to me than the contents and to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2013
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We loved this museum! The entry fee is well worth it, as is the extra 2 euros for the audio guide - it gives tons of fascinating information about the house and gardens and isn't overly dry or boring. The only disappointment was that some parts of the house had been reconstructed and some pieces were not original, though we... More 

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Vernet-Les-Bains, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

It costs €8 to go round this canal house which is a bit steep! We turned up near closing time so we were let in for half price. It only took about 30 minutes to look round but it was quite interesting. It is beautifully furnished and has a lovely garden.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Here the rear garden in the star, and the property goes all the way through from the Herengracht to the next street. The house is more interesting to me than the contents and to think about those who lived here 350 years ago is fun. They sure were rich--I hope that all this money and possessions also brought them happiness.

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scotland west
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

This is a canal side house maintained or restored as close as possible to how it was when a rich family of art collectors lived here. It does have an otherworldly feel to it, and you step from a busy city into a slower, softer world. This couple lived in luxury, and when the lady became a widow and then... More 

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Ironbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

I loved this museum. It is small, but still manages to convey some of the history of the development of Amsterdam, and I enjoyed seeing inside this grand house, as well as being able to walk around the beautiful garden. On entry, there is a short video explaining the history of the house. I would recommend watching this before walking... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

This museum provides the opportunity to view inside a canal house to see how it would have looked in the past when it was owned by a wealthy family. The restored house shows the layout, furniture and decoration of the time, as well as art that was collected by the owners. The house was left to the city by the... More 

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Sint-Michielsgestel, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

This is on a quiet part of the canal. You step inside and have a feeling of stepping back in time. We enjoyed walking around with the audio tour, it gave just the right amount of information. Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants an alternative to the big overcrowded museums. We were able to use our museum card here.

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Bat Yam, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

I was impressed by the great restoration done in parts of this original Dutch townhouse. However, keep in mind that less of it is restored than not. We entered this museum with the Museumkaart, which costs 50 Euros and allows you entry into all the official museums in Amsterdam. We got these cards for the main museums - Rijksmuseum, Van... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We visited this museum on a rainy day when we wanted a respite from the weather. It depicts the life of a wealthy couple from 19th century Amsterdam who collected art and art objects. The collection of art doesn't seem to contain very well known artists, but the house is a fascinating glimpse into the lives of this couple. The... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

This place seems more lived in than many of the old houses you can visit; I'm thinking of the big country places in England mostly. You do get a history of the families who lived there but the house is not so big that you can't imagine a family having a home there. The layout is interesting having a relatively... More 

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