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“Glimpse of a glamorous past” 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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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.
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“Glimpse of a glamorous past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

It is an intriguing and unique opportunity to view a splendid house as it was at its grandest. And it has one of the best addresses of the time, being situated on the Herengracht.

We began in the lovely and surprisingly large formal gardens. On the way we passed through the kitchens and also saw the side kitchen where less pleasant jobs such as preparing fish were done.

Some gorgeous rooms are on view. Highlights are the ballroom and the Blue Room. There are numerous paintings including those of previous owners. The staircases are ornate with a luxurious carpet.

Visited July 2013
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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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