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Museum Van Loon in Amsterdam

The Museum Van Loon is a magnificent double-sized canal house located on the Keizersgracht canal in Amsterdam. The house, collection and garden is open to the general public.

It is owned by the Van Loon merchant family who purchased the house in 1884. Willem van Loon was one of the original co-founders of the Dutch East India Comany (VOC) which was established in 1602.

The house itself was designed by Adriaan Dortsman and built in 1672 and the first resident was no less than Ferdinand Bol (1616-1680), a famous Dutch painter and renowned student of Rembrandt. The house was then occupied by different families until the Van Loons bought it.

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Van Loon house at Keizersgracht 672 Amsterdam

In 1973, the house was opened as a museum under the independent Van Loon foundation. However, the Van Loon family continue to inhabit the upper floors of the property in the former servants’ quarters.

The original facade of the house still remains with its distinctive 4 statues at the top. The house interior is decorated in Louis XV-style from the mid-18th century with a fine collection of period furniture, porcelain and silverware.

The Van Loon house collection is spread over 3 floors – the basement, Bel étage and upper floor. You first arrive at the middle Bel étage level into the grand Entrance Hall and Staircase with its brass rococo-style banister, dating from 1760.

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Van Loon Museum Amsterdam – Entrance Hall and Staircase

On the same floor the serene Garden Room affords a beautiful view of the garden. The Red Drawing Room with numerous Van Loon family portraits hanging was a place where the gentlemen of the house could retire after dinner.

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Van Loon Museum Amsterdam – Red Drawing Room

The Blue Drawing Room was used mainly by Thora van Loon who was lady-in-waiting to former Dutch Queen Wilhelmina in Amsterdam. The impressive Dining Room in 18th century style can seat up to 24 guests with a long table configuration.

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Van Loon Museum Amsterdam – Dining Room

On the upper floor the rooms were used as bedrooms. The Drakensteyn Room has painted wall hangings which form a continuous scene around the room. The paintings were acquired from Drakenseyn Castle (residence of Princess Beatrix) in the 1960s.

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Van Loon Museum Amsterdam – Drakensteyn Room

The upper floor also has the Red Bedroom, the Bird Room (the wall fabric is adorned with exotic birds) and the Sheep Room.

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Van Loon Museum Amsterdam – Bird Room

At the basement floor downstairs there is a period kitchen which was the focal point for the family’s 10-15 servants. A video presentation also gives some background info on the house and its owners.

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Van Loon Museum Amsterdam – Kitchen

From the basement you can also head out to the large and very pleasant garden – which is prominently featured in Amsterdam’s Open Garden Days held annually in June.

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Van Loon Museum garden

At the back of the garden is The Coach House (opening onto Kerkstraat) which could house up to 8 coaches and 6 horses. It is now used as an occasional exhibition space with a small Coffee Corner café.

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Van Loon Museum coach house
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Inside the coach house

There is a general visitors guide booklet available at the front desk which gives information about each room.

Private 50 minute guided tours are available which cost €90 per group plus entrance fees. These should be booked in advance.

If you are curious about seeing how wealthy Dutch merchants lived in Amsterdam, then the Van Loon Museum will certainly make for an interesting a visit.

Another canal house in Amsterdam open to the public is the Willet-Holthuysen House

Museum Van Loon Essential Info

Museum Van Loon Opening Hours

Daily 1000-1700.

Museum Van Loon Tickets & Admission

€15 for adults, €12 for students, €8.50 for children 6-18. FREE entry for children 0-5, Museumkaart and I Amsterdam City Card holders.

Order the I Amsterdam City Card online here which includes free entrance to the Van Loon Museum.

How to Get to Museum Van Loon

The Museum Van Loon is located on Keizersgracht (south side) just off Vijzelstraat. Metro 52 stops at nearby Vijzelgracht.

Address / Contact

Museum Van Loon, Keizersgracht 672, 1017 ET Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 624 5255,

Last updated 14 May 2024. This article was first published in 2010 and has been regularly updated.

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