Willet-Holthuysen Museum

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Herengracht 605
1017 CE, Amsterdam
020 523 1822

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  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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🗣️ Willet-Holthuysen Museum: Des avis

5/5 (49 Des avis)
Julia G 1 year ago

Expérience fantastique: Beautiful, well preserved and interesting visit through the audioguide.

Jason Stein 1 year ago

Expérience fantastique: Really enjoyed looking through this 17th century canal house. Great free audio tour was included which added to the information you received. My kids 9 and 11 also enjoyed it. Gave us a good glimpse of Amsterdam in the past

John F 1 year ago

Expérience fantastique: We used the I Amsterdam Card for free entry. We booked a time slot in advance but I'm unsure if it's necessary. The audio tour is good and not too long. You'll view original decor like personal items belonging to the original couple's massive collection, a garden (skippable) added in the late 1900s, commissioned artwork including paintings of the owner's cats and more. Sure to please anyone who enjoys house tours.

Paul Gosling 1 year ago

Expérience fantastique: Great place to visit and get a feel for the Amsterdam of old. Really good audio guides as well - fully recommend a visit

Tt Fox 1 year ago

Expérience fantastique: A very nice place to visit, with a interesting mindset of the previous owners. Also pleasant lady behind the desk.

Niels Erkelens 1 year ago

Expérience fantastique: Awesome look inside a proper Amsterdam Gracht House.

Julie Francis 1 year ago

Expérience fantastique: Lovely little museum showing life in a upper class house accompanied by a family history of the house's owner

Amie Neff 1 year ago

Expérience fantastique: Nice if you have an hour to spare. Great historical timepiece.

Robyn 1 year ago

Expérience positive: Inside this wealthy private merchant's house was a terrific immersive experience. Well worth doing. Lovely garden and quiet space in a busy city

Isa M M 1 year ago

Expérience fantastique: Absolutely fabulous. Very interesting ! the family history. All the beautiful architecture and furniture. Absolute must when going to Amsterdam

Maria Paula Vega 2 years ago

Expérience positive: Very nice, calm friendly museum to understand and imagine how rich people used to live next to the canal, a couple of exhibitions are closed and is not finished yet. But is nice to go once

Anita S. 2 years ago

Expérience fantastique: I really enjoyed this part of my Amsterdam trip the most. The rooms are so impressive my favourite area is the servants kitchen. But the best part is that the museum was not crowded we were maybe six people in the whole house so you really had time to enjoy each room.

Rob Sellen 2 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Excellent, small museum.. Very interesting (free) audio tour

Isidro De La Rosa 2 years ago

Expérience fantastique: I was not looking forward to seeing this museum. But I was very surprised. One of the BEST tours I did in Amsterdam. I would highly recommend this museum if your interested in Dutch culture.

Gabriela (iamfoodietraveler) 2 years ago

Expérience fantastique: I loved it. The garden is amazing and the museum offers an insight on 19th century lifestyle in Amsterdam

Kees Weij 2 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Beautiful house with Chambers from the 18th and 19th century, a journy back in time. A lot of art from different periode and also a wonderful Garden.

Fábio Santos 2 years ago

Expérience fantastique: It offers an unique view into a ream historic amsterdam canal houses. With original layout, decoration and fancy ornamental details in each corner. It also offers a view into a pretty exterior garden.

Nandi K. 2 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Had a great time learning about life and architecture in Amsterdam! The house is in beautiful condition, and the garden is gorgeous! Highly recommend if you're interested in learning more about how this elite family lived. Make sure to check out the gardens which is a prime place for pictures!

Andrei Maneasa 3 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Must be seen if you are wondering about ancient life style of Dutch people.

Laura Vilka 3 years ago

Expérience fantastique: We didn't even plan to visit it as didn't think it would be interesting. But we walked pass it and decided to go in. And so happy we did. Was nice to see the rooms and kitchen and garden is amazing. Walking the canal streets you just don't realise how big gardens are at the back. And rooms are big and high ceiling. Very nice place.

Damien Vanhille 3 years ago

Expérience fantastique: One of my favourite museum in Amsterdam. The house is magnificent. The audioguide interesting and helpful, explaining how the family and the staff lived. I spent two hours here.

ILONKA Heisterkamp 3 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Beautiful old home which gives you an insight on the day to day living on the canal of a rich family in Amsterdam . This was really special because they had so much info about the couple and family that once lived there. It was asif you got to know them. Other than that, this museum was very organised with audio tour available and storage for your belongings.Friendly & professional staff . Definitely would recommend this museum.

Melanie Mengüs 3 years ago

Expérience fantastique: I absolutely loved this museum! It was so interesting and the interior was really beautiful. Also the audio guide was helpful as there was not very much things to read about the story of the house. I also liked the fact that we can take pictures as it's not very common inside those museums. I definitely recommend you if you like architecture, old home furniture and rococo's.

Hapa Kolea Hapa Haole 4 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Nice garden, beautiful home. Very helpful staff.

Judith Leupen 4 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Beautiful gem in Amsterdam. Stepping in to a world set in the late 1800's with clear and informative explanations what you are looking at. Stunning colours, decor and views on the herengracht. A good view what goes on behind the windows of the stunning Amsterdam canals

Noa David 4 years ago

Expérience fantastique: A lovely hidden gem, especially if you’re a Victorian era enthusiast.

Åsa Broing 4 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Very informative museum. Lots of beautiful details in an authentic house from 1850.

Jonnypartyman G 4 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Lovely and learned a lot about Amsterdam

Huilian Qiu 4 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Not many people know about this place, even my Dutch collègues. It definitely worth visiting! But if you don’t have much time, I’d say come to this one instead of museum van Loon because I think this one is slightly bigger? They are very similar.

John 4 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Wonderful little surprise! If you'd like to see how wealthy people from Amsterdam lived and still live, a visit to this wonderful canal house is a must. I particularly enjoyed the kitchen and the staircase with marble statues.

Tom “Tajm” Marsh 4 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Very nice tour with an informative audio guide. Great on a cold winter day to get away from the hustle bustle of Central.

John Butler-Gould 4 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Situated in a grandiose 17th century double canal house, Willet-Holthuysen Museum reflects the splendour in which its wealthy occupants resided. The house was originally constructed around 1685 for Jacob Hop, the-then mayor of Amsterdam. In 1739, the exterior was lavishly redesigned and has remained the same ever since. In 1855, the house was purchased by Pieter Gerard Holthuysen, a very wealthy merchant who had amassed his fortune from plate glass and English coal. His wife died the following year and he passed away two years later, bequeathing his worldly possessions to his daughter Louisa, an only child. In 1861, Louisa married Abraham Willet, a bon viveur, whose exorbitant life style had resulted in several bankruptcies. Under the terms of their marriage contract, Louisa retained full control of her possessions, but Abraham received an overly generous allowance of 40,000 guilders a year. The house was redecorated in the latest French style, the height of fashion at the time, with scant regard as to expenditure. After Abraham's death, Louisa left the house to the City of Amsterdam in her will, on condition that it became a museum, bearing both their names. Most of the house's original furnishings have been retained, together with a sizeable collection of artefacts the couple had built up, many of which from their regular tours of France, where they also had a residence, and various other destinations. The museum offers a multi-lingual audio tour included in the price of admission. Three floors are open for viewing, in addition to a stunning garden created in the French style of the early 18th century. There is an impressive kitchen in the basement, from where meals were prepared for the first floor dining room, with its magnificent adjoining ballroom and an octagonal conservatory overlooking the garden. Other rooms in the house include a Ladies' salon, Gentleman's parlour, Collector's room, study and bedroom.


Expérience fantastique: Atmospheric house, really impressive and worths visiting to get a hint of how the canal houses used to be and how the wealthy people of Amsterdam used to live.

Rogier Holla 4 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Lovely period house that shows you how the wealthy owners of a canal house lived upstairs, and how their personnel worked downstairs. Excellent, informative audio guide (included). Interesting artefacts downstairs, beautiful art collections upstairs.

Noemi G. 5 years ago

Expérience fantastique: A very beautiful museum!!! We have visited this in around 2.5 hours, with a good and interested audio guide given for free. From the bottom to the top floor, you have the chance to live a true old Dutch house, including the original garden, the belongings and original 1700's windows at the top floor! A must see!

Meril Horseback 5 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Beautifully reserved interior and a breathtaking backyard

Tim 5 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Great museum. Very interesting to tour the inside of one of the canal mansions.

S H 5 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Very nice to see what is hidden behind this canal house facade! Huge home with luxurious garden!!

Gustavo Sobral 5 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Beautiful preserved canal house! A amazing piece of history to visit and see how it was the life of a noble couple.

Rob Brinkerink 5 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Great impression of how historic Influencers lived in an impressive canal house built in the 17th century. you can see different centuries’ influences in the beautifully decorated house. The stair case has not changed over time, and in the hall-way and other rooms, french styles are everywhere.

Victor Wang 5 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Really cool spot to spend some time to check out how the rich lived back in the day. The audio tour does a great job of explaining all the different areas and what the purpose of each room is. The house is not very large and you can probably see everything within an hour or two. Don't forget to check out the lovely backyard. Also I went closer to Christmas time so they had a special Christmas exhibit and Christmas tree which was very cool.

Daisy Perez Esparza 5 years ago

Expérience fantastique: A great example of the 17th century canal-houses. I highly recommend to visit it, its not crowded, the audio guide gives a good highly of the society in the era and the inside of the house is splendid.

Jirka Sváča 5 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Beatiful museum. Very nice garden.

Bret 5 years ago

Expérience fantastique: While it's on one of the main canals in Amsterdam, this little museum seems to be missed by most tourist. There were very few people here and it gives you a great view into how the upper class lived in Amsterdam years ago. A must visit if you have some time after standing in line for the Anne Frank House..

Pavlo Kazymirov 5 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Nice place, not so many tourists here as in other museums

Amber White 5 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Awesome audio tour! Love hearing about this history of this old canal house and how they plan to renovate it back to it's original design.

Philip Page 5 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Perfect opportunity to see around a canal house that has changed little since it was built between 1685-1690. As Mr and Mrs Willet -Holthuysen were well to do they could afford to live in a double canal house on Herengracht canal. Abraham Willet liked art and with the help of his wife's money was able to build quite a varied and broad collection which is preserved in its entirety. The museum is a good opportunity to see see around an impressive building with an eclectic art collection. An added bonus for me was it was only a 5-10 minute pleasant walk from the Hermitage.

Keti Khukhunashvili 6 years ago

Expérience fantastique: Extremely well preserved old house, full with artifacts, art and furniture from a very wealthy Dutch-English trader family. Must be seen together with the Van Loon family museum and the Our Lord in the Attic museum to give you a full appreciation of how people in Amsterdam from middle-class to ultra rich lived in 17-19th centuries.

JZ L 6 years ago

Expérience fantastique: A marvelously preserved house. You get to see how the Willets lived in.

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