The Museum Willet-Holthuysen is a grand canal house in Amsterdam dating from the 17th century which is open to the public.
It is located on the Hernegracht (or Gentleman's canal) in the centre of the city.
The house is named after the well-to-do Louisa Holthuysen (1824-1895) and her husband Abraham Willet who lived there in the 19th century. On her death she bequeathed the property to the city on the condition that it should become a museum.
The house has a fine collection of period furniture, ceramics, silverware and paintings spread over 3 floors and gives a glimpse into what life was like for its wealthy inhabitants. On the ground floor you will find the kitchen and garden. There is also a video room showing a short film about the history of the house.
The first floor contains a ballroom, dining room and a fine sitting room (pictured) overlooking the garden. The second floor has a bedroom with four poster bed.
An audio tour (€1) is available for visitors in 7 languages.
Willet-Holthuysen Museum Essential Info
Opening Times: 1000-1700 (Mon-Fri), 1100-1700 (Sat/Sun).
Getting There: The museum is on the Hernegracht canal, a short walk from Rembrandtplein (trams 9 and 14).
Willet-Holthuysen, Herengracht 605, Amsterdam
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