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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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I visited not knowing what to expect, and walked away amazed. One of the highlights of my visit to Amsterdam. Beautiful house & garden, very insightful audio guides, stunningly preserved mansion. Not well known, but worth a visit.
I enjoyed a brief visit to the Willet-Holthuysen Musem, a 17th century (with many 19th century improvements) mansion near Amsterdam’s Centrum.
I very much enjoy these types of venues—when they’re well curated and interesting—and so I struggled with my visit to this property. It isn’t...More
This place gives you a good feeling how a wealthy merchant lived in a well restored home. The free audio guide really makes this museum work. Convenient to walk, genuine furnishings and informative narrative.
This was close to the hotel where we were staying, so stopped by one morning to take a look. Very few people which made a nice change from the other museums we visited, which were all very busy. A great example of how the wealthy...More
This is live real-estate porn. A nice view into how the rich lived in Amsterdam with nicely presented rooms, interesting anecdotes on the audio tour and enough to see but not too much. Also nicely decorated for Christmas. Worth a visit.
Interesting insights into the lifestyle and collecting habits of a wealthy 19th century couple, especially the furniture, porcelain, glass and silver. But the lighting is quite poor (deliberately so, to protect the fabrics) making it difficult to see the paintings and certain other objects. All...More
We chose this house to visit to see how the wealthy residents lived in Amsterdam and visiting in December was made even better with an extra Christmas twist with decorations and information added throughout the house about how christmas was spent. The audio guide was...More
It was really nice to see what a canal house looked like from the inside! It is quite narrow and tall! Very grandiose and bigger than one might think. The neatest thing was the secret room! The hardware is pretty neat too!
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring
hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
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).