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“Beautiful History” 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 #46 of 264 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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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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“Beautiful History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We got in with the I Amsterdam card. The history of the house was amazing and all the rooms were so beautiful. We didn't use the audio guide but each room had written information on its contents. Was like going back in time, truly enjoyable.

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Finger Lakes, New York
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“Beautiful Garden, Interesting House”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Nearing the end of the day, we wanted a quick museum tour along with actually getting into a canal house. This satisfied our need. The garden behind the canal house was a wonderful surprise. Although small, it really was very diverse and beautifully manicured. The inside highlighted artwork and antiques, and was less about the architecture of the house. Only the lower level and two floors above were open to view. I was hoping to see the entire house. Funding limits what is available, which is too bad. Interesting visit though.

Visited September 2013
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Merida
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“Don't Mess with the House”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

This wide house on Herengracht with its beautiful garden is a gem, with wide stairway and period furnishings. However, there was a ludicrous exhibit of lace as body decoration (I never quite figured it out) that got in the way of everything. It was as if Lady Gaga was the opener for a Mozart Concert.

I had a Museumkart, so didn't pay separately - or I would have felt cheated.

Visited September 2013
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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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