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“potentially fascinating - but not” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Willet-Holthuysen Museum

Willet-Holthuysen Museum
Herengracht 605, 1017 CE Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Rembrandtplein)
+31 20 523 1870
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Ranked #49 of 303 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Art Museums, Historic Sites
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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.
london
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“potentially fascinating - but not”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This is the house last lived in by a late 19th century couple, who bequeathed it to the city as a museum. It was interesting to see the inside of a grand canal house, but it did not come alive.

Visited August 2013
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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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“Particular experience to travel back in time and feel like a Amsterdam merchant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This beautiful canal house is decorated like it must have been when their owners, mr and mrs Willet-holthuijsen really lived there in the 19th century, surrounded by treasuries from the 17th century. It gives a vivid impression and so it succeeds in its purpose to be more than a museum. Strongly advisable.

Visited June 2013
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“The Lace exhibition devalued the museum visit”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

After having read fairly good reviews here we decided to visit this museum. Although the house itself is very nice it isn't as introduced. It is a replica/suggestions of how people used to live, not the home of former residents kept untouched.

Although the house itself is nice to see, and it is interesting to see how people might have lived 100-150 years ago they had added a lace show to the house, which was a total horror. This modern show was a bad addition to the house and in no context to previous exhibitions. The lace show didn't add any value to the house, if anything it was devaluing the experience.

While this lace exhibition is running I recommend you skip the house, but once it is over the house might be a nice visit for those interested to see how people lived a millennium ago.

Visited June 2013
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“Great look at an 1800s canal house”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

This is in a fun area of Amsterdam to visit and was worth the walk there. You get to wander through an actual canal house from the 1800s and the gardens. It has been restored/preserved. The history of the house is explained well and there is a lot of art to look at. We all enjoyed it.

Visited June 2013
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Logan, Utah
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“Beautiful Canal House”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We loved touring the Canal House as it was included in our "I am Amsterdam" card. It is pricey if you don't purchase the card. We loved seeing how the Dutch lived before with the beautiful furniture and house decor. The gardens are wonderful. I loved being able to finally see inside one of the canal houses in Amsterdam. They have some funky art exhibits in the house as well which we didn't care for, but others might like. The Handbag Museum is on the same street.

Visited June 2013
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