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Willet-Holthuysen Museum

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Address: Herengracht 605, 1017 CE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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+31 20 523 1870
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
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Visitors can tour this 17th-century canal-side house in Amsterdam, which is...

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.

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Experience the Golden Age

This is how the rich lived in the 17th Century (and after)and this museum feels like the owners left it yesterday.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Mick B
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is how the rich lived in the 17th Century (and after)and this museum feels like the owners left it yesterday.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really loved visiting this canal house. It is absolutely breathtaking and such a beautiful time capsule. The rooms were all furnished in period pieces that gave it an authentic feel. The audio guide was very useful during this visit and gave a lot of insight into living in the house and Amsterdam during that time. This is a good... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a passing by experience, and well worth the opportunity invested. I loved the detail, how the kitchen worked, and the contrasts of life stations, not so different now. A bonus find, I do recommend this museum

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

.....charming this museum is really worth it ! small but well decorated we really enjoyed it and the children too it s not an huge one but we can really discovered the holland way of life on 18 th century ! the ambiance is great and the audio guide so interesting go !

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wen there on the last day of our trip and we've spent a really pleasant time. The Christmas exhibition was great! Definitely worth to see a short movie first (last room on the basement floor). Although not sure whether worth the price!

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Well worth a look if you are in the area it is not disabled friendly ,narrow house with a lot of stairs . It has a good feel to it although not much of it is original furniture it is in keeping with the era. good value for the ticket price . We had an 'I Amsterdam card ' and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Visited on a very quiet December morning, only 2 other visitors. Displays are well laid out and feels genuine and, in places, as if the last residents have just left for the day. Gives a great insight as to the living style of very wealthy residents of the late 19th century. Audio guide very useful and cheap.

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Willemstad, Curacao
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

This house and all the stuff in it, together with the garden. Walking through those doors was like talking a portal to another time. My historygeek mode immediatly switched in and I coundnt help myself. It was a really really nice house and the owners were obviously loaded. Gives you a glimpse of the rich life of those times

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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

We were walking by this museum and made the time to stop. It is very cool to see how one of the more wealthy families lived in Amsterdam. We enjoyed all the information on daily life. The house layout was quite interesting. We didn't need to take too long to enjoy this hidden gem.

Thank Kerrie G
Sherbrooke, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

We visited this house after reading about it in a travel guide. This is a house of a wealthy dutch family, I would say a little like Downton Abbey! All the rooms are furnished and the audio guide is very instructive.

Thank jojo2005

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