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“A museum with a slightly shady past”
Review of Museum Van Loon

Museum Van Loon
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Ranked #64 of 517 things to do in Amsterdam
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Owner description: In the heart of Amsterdam on the Keizersgracht the house of the Amsterdam regent family Van Loon can still be seen. In 1602 Willem van Loon co-founded the Dutch East-India Company. Seven days a week the family opens their home and collection to the public. Get a glimpse of the life of the Amsterdam Van Loon family in one of the finest canal houses of the city.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities
Amman
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“A museum with a slightly shady past”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

This wonderful building is an eccentric cross between a lived in house and a museum with some guilty secrets. There are some lovely touches, like the note on the door to the garden warning not to let the cat in, servants uniforms carefully laundered as if waiting to be worn and interesting family photos. There is also some evidence of how the original family fortune was made at the expense of others through the exploitation of human labour during the colonial days and the sale of armaments. Despite these shadows of past times the house, with a connecting garden to the stables, provides a unique glimpse of a bygone age. The stables still smell of horses and there is a wonderful cupboard full of leather harnesses in immaculate condition. The house had some very interesting art exhibits when we visited some of them cleverly connecting with the past and the inhabitants of the house. We arrived too early, the museum does not open until 11 in the morning, and walked around the elegant local streets for a while until it opened. A fascinating glimpse behind the house fronts of Amsterdam and how some people have lived, well worth a visit.

Visited November 2013
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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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“Van loon musuem”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

Pretty average. Very strange videos that didn't seem to add to the tour. Didn't understand the messages. Not very impressive. Could have used audio equipment to help explain. Disappointing.

Visited November 2013
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New Providence, New Jersey
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“Dutch mansion”
Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

Lovely mansion, garden and coach house. Another wonderful mansion, well preserved which is enjoyable to walk through and envision how the upper class lived.

Visited November 2013
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Paris
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“Rather disappointing”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

We expected to see a magnificent house and were quite taken aback by the semi-random displays and lack of coherence of the whole thing. In our view, it would have been easy to make a lot more of the place. We would not recommend visiting it.

Visited October 2013
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“See behind the facades”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

Having spent a day wandering around the canals admiring the houses we were intrigued at what lay behind. So we visited the van Loon's house and spent a delightful hour nosing around one of the older mansions in Amsterdam - A particularly important house as it was built by one of the founders of the East India Trading Company. The house has been preserved in time and it was fascinating to see the inside of one of these wonderful houses. Huge rooms with some lovely Louis XVI furniture and we were intrigued by the false doors and hidden staircases and to see the lovely gardens which from the road you would never know were there. There was even a coach house (now a cafe) at the end of the garden which borders the next street. Worth a trip.

Visited October 2013
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