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Willet-Holthuysen Museum

Herengracht 605, 1017 CE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 523 1870
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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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“canal house” (72 reviews)
“audio guide” (37 reviews)
“beautiful canal” (19 reviews)
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Herengracht 605, 1017 CE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
+31 20 523 1870
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This home is kept as it was when it was handed to the city in the 20's (I think). It's been really well kept. The tour is self guided with a small audio tour that you can prompt at each point for a piece of...More

Thank zoesmumCork
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a well presented canal side town house that was gifted to the nation at the end of the 19th century and which reveals the life of a wealthy couple during the 50 preceding years. There are film presentations which relate the quality of...More

Thank Simon C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an average experience there. The exhibits arent that interesting. Just like any other museum nothing special.

Thank rahul k
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a great place to visit, a fantastic period house set in the mid 19th century. The miniature backyard is my favorite, just a great job.

Thank AnthonyVA
Reviewed 6 January 2018

I visited here with my daughter (age 5) on New Year's eve. We had a nice time looking around and it is beautifully decorated for Christmas. Trees with antique baubles and such. Although with all the Christmas decorations I think you can not walk as...More

Thank Zelphiakat
Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

We stumbled into this place due to the sight of the amazing garden as we were passing by. This attracted us into going in for a visit as the entrance fee was Eur 9 per person. What we saw in this 2 story house was...More

Thank Ckyy
Reviewed 7 December 2017

An enjoyable outing that brings history to life. The views of the gardens from each floor are worth the climb.

Thank Letsgetgoing3362
Reviewed 6 December 2017

A great place hidden in the centrum of Amsterdam. In a second you can travel in time to XIX century, see how rich Amsterdamers lived. Very well preserved interiors, and a lovely garden (very unique in Amsterdam).

1  Thank JulitaDavies
Reviewed 5 December 2017

Lovely to see how well to do people lived in 19th/20th century Amsterdam. Well restored with a beautiful garden.

Thank Stephan H
Reviewed 15 November 2017

This is a pretty interesting place to do see, but not a must-do (and I believe there are other canal houses you can visit). It was nice to see how a rich family lived back then.

1  Thank Jeroen U
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is as historically
significant as it is perennially popular. Whether
you’re a history buff, architecture enthusiast,
shutterbug, or fashionista, odds are you’ll find the
Amsterdam you're looking for while roaming around the
Grachtengordel (Canal Ring). A brilliant place to get
lost in a moody meander and a key component to any
sightseeing trip to Amsterdam, this area's major draws
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28 April 2016|
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Response from jameskul | Reviewed this property |
If you must choose between them, I suggest Willet-Holthuysen. One hour is enough if you are on a tight schedule. The excellent audio tour at this house is what makes me think it is best (Van Loon does not have an audio tour).