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Collection Six

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Amstel 218, 1017 AJ Amsterdam The Netherlands
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Arriet wrote a review Jul 2019
Boca Raton, Florida301 contributions73 helpful votes
This is a very special house (museum ) 12 Generations have live in the same house with unbelievable art Rembrandt etc Only way to enter is on line 6 months in A Vance to insure you can attend 1 hour tour with guide ( free) This is truly a very special unique experience Most people don’t even know about it I was staying in a 5 star hotel and they knew nothing about it So if you are planning a trip to Amsterdam try to work this house into your schedule you will not be disappointed
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Date of experience: July 2019
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John S wrote a review Nov 2017
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The six collection is the accumulated collection of paintings, furniture and object of the Six family, with top of the range paintings by Rembrandt, Bol, Hal and Potter. All are arranged in style rooms on the grand floor. You start by making a reservation, well in advance. Upon arrival you enter at street level and ring the bell. The house is unmarked. Due to the nature of this very special collection, the tour is supervised, no photography or carrying bags are allowed beyond the cloak room. You get a tour by a experienced art historian. I utterly enjoyed the explanations and comments. It as a unique event.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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luvroma2 wrote a review Apr 2017
Reading, PA2,039 contributions4,172 helpful votes
The "Six" family has been collecting art for numerous generations. When the family had to move from their previous location to the present spot at 218 Amstel in 1915, it was to a smaller house. The present house is huge so I cannot imagine the size of the prior abode. We toured the lower two floors. The family still resides in the upper floors. Our tour guide, a knowledgeable, personable Dutch art history graduate student, provided an informative hour long tour. She had so much information that she could have talked much longer. There is so much history involved in both the house and the many artworks - including Rembrandts.. Tours are free of charge since the Six family receives financial contributions for the upkeep of the house from the city of Amsterdam. You must email for reservations at least 6 weeks in advance. Tours are Monday - Friday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. You can only reserve 2 slots. Our tour consisted of about a dozen people. Handbags and luggage are not permitted in the house. Young children under 10 and animals are not allowed either. Our tour was in English, but we were the only non- Dutch speaking people in the group. The tour after ours was in Dutch. This was an incredible experience and I was so glad we were able to take the tour. When you leave the house, you are asked to sign the guestbook - with only your name and residence. We were told there are currently 27 volumes of the guestbooks which are saved and archived. I feel like we are now part of "Six" family history!
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Date of experience: April 2017
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VickieW1694 wrote a review Dec 2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania244 contributions55 helpful votes
I booked on line and knew not to bring a back pack or large bag. You must check everything when you enter the house. The furniture, art and collection is just amazing. The tour is very interesting and the hour flew by. We could have used another 30 minutes just to cover the rooms we were shown. The paintings are by masters, including the two Rembrandts. Free tour only Monday to Friday since the family still reside there so make sure you reserve at least 6 weeks in advance. I now want to read more about this incredible family and their collection.
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Date of experience: December 2016
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Steffi32 wrote a review Sep 2016
Nijmegen, The Netherlands34 contributions26 helpful votes
So this review is not about the actual collection, because I never managed to get beyond the entrance hall. There the staff got into a big flurry of anxiety because 'Mr. Six does not allow big bags in his house'. In case you are wondering, mine was not a huge travel backpack you would take for a trip to SE Asia but a normal-sized laptop backpack which was almost empty. Of course, there are no lockers, and no, I couldn't leave it in the hall or the cloakroom, because Mr. Six doesn't allow big bags anywhere in the house! (Interestingly, other people in the group could get in with there same size handbags though). When I pointed out that I had just travelled across the country, to see the collection: same parrot-like response (by then I suspected that Mr Six may not like big bags in the house but perhaps even less the people attached to them). Also my argument that neither the website nor the confirmation email says anything about bags, the response was :'we will change that'. Well, that was not particularly helpful for me on the day! In the end I went away, feeling very annoyed that my taxes actually contributed to the big grant that Mr Six received from the government to maintain his collection and which in return he was to make available to the public. I suggest the government in future attaches some rules about better communication with visitors to avoid that these come to Amstel 218 in vain and are turned away at the door on a Tuesday morning whim of the owner.
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Date of experience: September 2016
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