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Owner description: Visitors can tour this 17th-century canal-side house in Amsterdam, which is filled with furnished period rooms and works of art that were donated by the owner Louisa Willet-Holthuysen to the city in 1895.
Reviewed May 14, 2013

This place seems more lived in than many of the old houses you can visit; I'm thinking of the big country places in England mostly. You do get a history of the families who lived there but the house is not so big that you can't imagine a family having a home there. The layout is interesting having a relatively narrow plot and there is an unusual set of extension rooms on the rear on each floor. You can even have a tea or coffee in the old kitchen (albeit from a modern machine) which is a nice touch. There's also a small, formal garden at the rear which has a strange atmosphere as it opens onto a modern city centre shopping street. If you are interested in Amsterdam history then this is a place worth finding for an hour or two. The entry is reasonable (7.50 euros).

Thank Kevin F
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Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

This is an excellent example of a canal house of the wealthy from the 1600's. It is laid out just like the people lived back then. Worth the visit. Free with Museumkaart.

Thank drichrx
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

This impressive and beutiful decorated house, really shows how a rich art interested family could live in Amsterdam, Really worth a visit. I would recommend that you rent an audio guide, it gives some good info.

Thank PeterOdgaard
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

I hoped I would fall in love with the people who once lived here and decided to donate this house to the city to make it a museum, but I guess those people were already in love with themselevs, so not te people I hope they would be, but still...it was lovely to take a peek into their lives, into their home. Really a nice idea of 'how the other half lived' in the 19th century.

Interactive museum, really like the garden, but they could actually do with a better museum café and maybe even some more background information regarding the last inhabitants. Did like the small movie on the ground floor, would have liked to hear more about the servants and I can not wait until the open the top floors and show how the servants living quarters must have looked like.
The museum is a bit expensive and it feels as if they want to obtain money from everything else as well (maybe also a good reason to get a better café, that might generate some money...?

I do have to mention the lovely girl at reception. Her English was quite good and she was really helpful.

Thank seolram
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

I absolutely loved this little gem in Amsterdam. This is one place you must visit to truly understand the history of Amsterdam's Golden Age. Well, the history of the rich people living on Herengracht canal. The house is very well kept and you can roam around and get a real feel of what it was like to be rich because it is fully furnished. The statues on top of the stairs are unexpected and you find yourself questioning the intentions of the interior designer, but you quickly realize that the grandiose was necessary to showcase the family's vast wealth. With a little imagination you can see and feel the 19th century.

Thank HyeJan247
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