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“Good audio guides” 5 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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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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“Good audio guides”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

The tour starts with a very good video presentation about how the development of Amsterdam as a city and how the house came to be. It explains why Amsterdam streets on the canal ring are so well laid out - urban planning on a massive scale.
Parts of the house are stunning, particularly the Blue Room, staircase and rooms overlooking the gardens (also pretty good). It is worth spending an exta ?2 on the audio guide - this really explains how the house functioned.

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“Good insight into life of wealthy Amsterdam residents”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We visited the museum last week after having been to the Our lord in the attic museum on a rainy day and receiving a money off voucher for the Willett-Holthuysen museum, as the rain wasn't showing any signs of letting up we decided to go. In contrast to our lord in the attic which gave us a good look at the life of both relatively well off people and more simple living priests this was a no holds barred unashamedly luxurious residence. We did not opt for the audio tour as this was at extra cost but had we done it would have solved the problem of arguing over what the many objects in the kitchen were used for! The garden is simply beautiful and such a suprise being right in the middle of Amsterdam, I enjoyed the many rooms and in articular the kitchen and bedrooms but would have also liked to have seen the way that the servants had lived. All in all a good insight into the lives of the rich in Amsterdam, worth a look on a rainy day.

Visited August 2013
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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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