This wonderful building is an eccentric cross between a lived in house and a museum with some guilty secrets. There are some lovely touches, like the note on the door to the garden warning not to let the cat in, servants uniforms carefully laundered as if waiting to be worn and interesting family photos. There is also some evidence of how the original family fortune was made at the expense of others through the exploitation of human labour during the colonial days and the sale of armaments. Despite these shadows of past times the house, with a connecting garden to the stables, provides a unique glimpse of a bygone age. The stables still smell of horses and there is a wonderful cupboard full of leather harnesses in immaculate condition. The house had some very interesting art exhibits when we visited some of them cleverly connecting with the past and the inhabitants of the house. We arrived too early, the museum does not open until 11 in the morning, and walked around the elegant local streets for a while until it opened. A fascinating glimpse behind the house fronts of Amsterdam and how some people have lived, well worth a visit.
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