We had planned to visit this unusual museum for a long time and were happy to finally make the trip in October 2012.
We'd traveled by car and had to ask about the location - there weren't many signs - but finally found the parking lot not far from the estate grounds.
We didn't take a tour but simply wandered through the rooms and heard interesting insights from the charming, friendly, and knowledgeable guides, available in each room to answer questions or simply provide anecdotal information in perfect German or English about the Emperor's last years. We were surprised at the simplicity of some of the furnishings and also at how stuffed some of the rooms were with paintings and bric-a-brac that we wouldn't choose for our home - but then tastes change.
Unfortunately all the shutters were closed making the rooms a bit gloomy - but the guides told us this was only part of renovation work. We didn't only have a lot to look at but also music to hear - we were lucky enough to experience a guide playing one of the old musical instruments displayed, a curious kind of player piano.
The museum's administrators evidently do their very best to keep the house exactly as it was when the emperor died here more than 70 years ago, giving visitors a unique at times a bit eerie look into a past that seems very distant indeed.
In the basement there's a very interesting exhibit, The Kaiser and Europe" about the last German emperor and his times, which we saved for last but could've spent an hour on alone if we'd had more time. Unfortunately we didn't have the chance to visit much of the garden area or the mausoleum.
We hope that the funding problems we've heard about again and again will be solved so that this unique house and furnishings can be kept open for the public. Part of the problem might be in the lack of publicity. At least TripAdvisor now has an entry for Huis Doorn - back in October last year there wasn't one.
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