Museum Willet-Holthuysen, Amsterdam

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Art Museum Historic Site
Admire the opulence of the Dutch Golden Age, and stroll through one of Amsterdam's most luxurious historical residences at Museum Willet-Holthuysen. The house was originally built in the 17th century for the mayor of Amsterdam. After changing hands several times and undergoing a few modifications, Mrs. Willet-Holthuysen gave the house to the city, which converted it into a museum. A rich collection of artwork (much of it belonging to the previous owners of the house), is displayed throughout the rooms, which have been carefully preserved. After admiring the paintings, artifacts, furniture, and decor in the salons, ballroom, and private quarters, stop by the kitchen for a cup of tea or coffee. If the weather is nice, you can also visit the garden. The admission fee does not include a guided tour. Audio tours require a small, additional cost. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Museum Willet-Holthuysen and many more Amsterdam attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Amsterdam family vacation planner.
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  • while visiting this interesting home. The gardens in the back were beautiful. This isn't how the average person lived.  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our audio tour of the Willet-Holthuysen Museum. Such a beautiful canal home! Allow yourself 1-2 hrs to tour this stunner!  more »
  • Wonderful to see all the original fixtures and fittings. Beautiful decor, personal belongings, art work and furniture.  more »
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  • Helpful written explanations throughout the exhibit (English). Audiotour is definitely worth the cost (1 Euro).
  • Very cute hidden museum gem. It's an old canal house showing how the people in the 17th and 19th century lived. Interpretation is minimal (apart from a fun video on the ground floor), but it is really wonderful to just wander around and admire the pretty wallpapers and tiles and the garden.
  • A rich dude's house. Great to visit, but I wouldn't put it at the top of the list. Still, you do get to peek in to the way the wealthy of the past lived.
  • Cute little house. Go and take a look, its old and interesting...
  • I wouldn't seek this one out, but if you happen to be crusing by its worth the 20 minute stop.