Huis Van Gijn
Huis Van Gijn
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The museum is the house of the banker and collector Simon van Gijn who lived there from 1864 until his death in 1922. Van Gijn left the house and most of his collections to the Old Dordrecht Society. His wish was for the collections to be made publicly accessible and for his home to be converted into a museum, maintaining the interior in its original state as much as possible.
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Jbb B
Osdorp, The Netherlands50 contributions
Feb 2017 • Family
Great way to learn about live in the 19th century Dordrecht.

Located in the hart of Dordrecht among one one the nicest "canals".

Very easy especially with children.
Written February 26, 2017
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L M
Vancouver, Canada78 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
From the outside, this house doesn't seem unique, but step inside and you will go back in history. The rooms are fabulously decorated - this is how the rich lived back then. The red sitting room called the Chic Drawing Room is impressive. Across from this is the Hall with its woodwork and wall tapestries. Each room gets better - and there are three floors to view. I really liked the array of toys in the top floor --- some are even moving above your head as you walk through. So much to see - give yourself some time here. There is also a small café at the back of the house in the garden - luxurious!
Written July 9, 2014
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grspuistr25
Dordrecht, The Netherlands4 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
We went to this museum just to get out of the rain during the 'Dordt in Stoom' event. During this event the museum was free of charge so what started as a disappointing experience turned out to be a nice surprise.

This museum in the residence of a rich banker of the 19th century gives a very good view on life in this era with the original 18th century kitchen and fantastic state rooms.

Mr. Van Gijn was a bit of a hoarder of mainly 17th century items like pictures and paintings, but also ship models and pretty much anything that was old and valuable and in need of preservation. He left a huge collection of items and a part of it can be seen in this museum, but that is actually not the main attraction.

The best thing is that you can actually see how these people lived in the 19th and early 20th century complete with the early bathroom, office, library and bedrooms. Even the old wheelchair of Mr. Van Gijn is still standing there.

The attic has a large collection of toys of the same era and later.

The house as a whole is a nice inspiration for the renovation of my own 17th century listed building as it gives a good example of the styles used long ago. My house will never be as grand though.

Very good museum to spend a couple of hours pretending you are back in the 19th century.
Written July 11, 2018
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John R
Sydney, Australia39 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Well worth the visit. Furniture and inclusions are fabulous, lots of thought in the presentation of the house.
Written May 23, 2018
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Andrew S
Letchworth Garden City, UK495 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
We were taken to this beautiful house on a Christmas morning walking tour from the river cruise ship Swiss Diamond. The house is not normally open on public holidays but arrangements had been made by the tour operator, Noble Caledonia for our visit. The visit started on the top floor where we were welcomed by the jovial owner and this was followed by a short video of the project in Dutch with English sub-titles. After this we wandered downstairs viewing the various rooms as we went until we reached the stunning large public room with an huge bay window that overlooks the river Rhine. Here we were served stollen and hot wine. This was a lovely way to spend Christmas morning.
Written January 7, 2015
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maarten81
the Hague149 contributions
Aug 2012 • Business
This is the house of an old Dordrecht merchant and collector. Some of the rooms have been restored to how they would have looked when he was living there. Leather wall paper, beautiful and rare tapestry, fun objects and to top it all off an attic filled with antique toys
Written July 16, 2013
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Jason V
Sandringham, Australia104 contributions
Jul 2012 • Family
This place is like stepping into a time machine to experience life inside a majestic home of a wealthy aristocrat from the 1880s. You can take your whole family, as the kids will be delighted to reach the attic - which is worth the visit alone - packed full of yesteryear toys, including a toy train that travels around above your head - it is like stepping into a dream world of your childhood - and it is very kid-friendly. Be warned - staff in the lower levels are highly vigilant and watch your every move - to the point where I felt a bit uncomfortable - even though I was not touching anything I promise!
Written December 30, 2012
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Илона Р
843 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
10€ -ticket price per person. Museum is locate near the Grote Kerk, and Lange Ijzeren Brug in Neuheaven. You can see three sightseeing in one place.
Museum is the house of Van Gijn with old interiors and philisophy of life in past.
Written August 11, 2019
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Claire B
42 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
This museum is well designed within the restrictions of the building and its former owner. There is a lift to help people get up and down, as well as a handy little booklet in a range of languages for information.
Written May 10, 2019
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Nanimonai
Heidelberg, Germany23 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
During the Christmas period the museum is decorated with Christmas trees in the dining hall. It is one of the best preserved wealthy house à la fin-de-siècle, but the information provided by the brochure and the explanations on the walls is not that informative. If you expect a relax in a beautiful house, then here is a good choice; if you want to learn about the daily life or the culture in this period, then this house may be a bit weak. Nice garden.
Written December 16, 2018
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