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“A fascinating piece of Dutch history”
Review of Multatuli House

Multatuli House
Ranked #251 of 509 things to do in Amsterdam
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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“A fascinating piece of Dutch history”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

Eduard Douwes Dekker had a book of his writings published under the title Max Havelaar, the eponymous hero speaking the philosophies and ideals of Dekker (or Multatuli as he called himself). As an official in the Dutch colonies in the East Indies during the 19th Century, he witnessed many abuses of power and wished to make amends. His ideas were largely ahead of their time, and served as inspiration for many political and social groups to come.

This small museum is well worth a visit, occupying two floors of the house in which Dekker was born. There are numerous objects and pieces of furniture that belonged to the writer. The custodian of the museum, who is multilingual, will be your knowledgeable and hugely enthusiastic guide.

This is a private museum, with free entrance, kept going by the 300 or so members of the Multatuli Society.

Visited April 2014
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