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Het Spinozahuis

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bas k wrote a review Sep 2017
Amstelveen, The Netherlands29,792 contributions981 helpful votes
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The small museum offers visitors a very personable insight into the life and work of Baruch Spinoza.Entry fee 3,50;Museumjaarkaart gratis.The philosopher of Portugese Jewish descent sought refuge in a room in this small house after excommunication in Amsterdam.I was shown around by a very friendly and informative volunteer museum-keeper/guide.During his stay in the small house around 1660 Spinosa wrote some of his most famous books;also on display. I was informed that during 1940-45 the small 17th century house was a place of refuge for 2 jewish employees of the (former?)owner of the museum;Industrialist Sikkens-Sikkens ;paint manifacture Sassenheim. I visited the small museum on a bike-tour from Leiden via Kasteel Endegeest Oegstgeest to the beaches at Katwijk aan Zee. Baruch Spinosa also stayed at Kasteel Endegeest where he is remembered by a sculpture. Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam has a small exhibition on Spinosa as well. Rijnsburg village has demolished most historic houses;only this museum;Oudheidskamer Rijnsburg and Laurentiuskerk (1133-1574 rebuild 1578)remain.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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fawcettanne wrote a review Nov 2016
Sydney, Australia41 contributions14 helpful votes
This is a modest museum containing incredible resources and riches. Spinoza lived here in the 1660s during his most productive period. The house in which he rented a room has been restored, as has his collection of 160 books. The house is staffed by volunteers who can answer just about any question about Spinoza and his life -although some information remains unknown, some is a matter of current research and some will only ever be speculation. There is a working replica of his lens grinding equipment, there are letters to and from and about Spinoza (including the full text of his excommunication) and a lovely garden. There are a series of portraits and statuettes and even a copy of the visitor's book where Albert Einstein signed in on 2 November, 1920. This visit inspired the famous scientist to write a poem!
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Date of experience: November 2016
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Hendrik wrote a review Nov 2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands126 contributions43 helpful votes
Between 1660 and 1663 Spinoza lived in this house after his excommunication from the Amsterdam Jewish community. Beautifully restored it breathes the atmosphere where Spinoza wrote part of his world-renowned and world-changing titles. For philosophy lovers a place of pelgrimage
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Date of experience: November 2015
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jrohara wrote a review Oct 2015
Londrina, PR71 contributions22 helpful votes
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In the middle of a really small town is the house where Spinoza lived for some time. Here you can find a replica of his private book collection (the originals are almost all lost, but the museum was able to purchase copies of the same editions Spinoza had). The museum also has some letters and other items that might excite anyone who has some interest in this important philosophical figure.
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Date of experience: October 2015
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Dimitrios K wrote a review Jun 2015
Leiden, The Netherlands115 contributions296 helpful votes
As a student of History, I was thrilled about this. Spinoza's private book collection (copies of it) are in the house, as well as his desk.
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Date of experience: April 2015
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