The Museum Van Loon is a double-sized canal house located on the Keizersgracht canal in Amsterdam.
It was owned by the wealthy Van Loon merchant family who had interests in the Dutch East India (VOC) company. The house and garden is open to the general public.
The house was built in 1672 and the first resident was Ferdinand Bol, a famous Dutch painter and renowned student of Rembrandt. The house was then occupied by different families until the Van Loons bought the house in 1884.
In 1973, the house and collection was opened as a museum under the independent Van Loon foundation.
The Van Loon family still actually inhabit the upper floors of the property.
The original facade of the houses with its 4 statues on top is still in place.
The house interior is decorated in Louis XV-style from the mid-18th century with a fine collection of period furniture, porcelain and silverware.
Highlights of the Van Loon house over 3 floors include:
- the magnificent Entrance Hall and Staircase with its brass rococo-style banister
- the Drakensteyn Room with its painted wall hangings which form a continuous scene around the room
- the serene Garden Room affording a beautiful view of the garden
- the Red Drawing Room with numerous Van Loon family portraits hanging, a place where the gentlemen of the house could retire after dinner
- the impressive Dining Room in 17th century style which can seat 24 guests.
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.
From the basement you can also head out to the large and very pleasant garden – which is featured in Amsterdam’s Open Garden Day held annually in June.
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.
Each room has a summary sheet in Dutch and English describing the room and its main contents. There is a general visitors guide booklet available at the front desk.
If you are interested in seeing how wealthy Dutch merchants lived in grand canal houses in Amsterdam, then the Van Loon Museum is worthy of a visit.
Note, the Van Loon Museum was closed between 13 March and 2 June 2020 due to coronavirus measures. Since reopening on 3 June it is mandatory to pre-book a ticket and timeslot in order to maintain social distancing. One-way walking routes are clearly marked in the museum.
Museum Van Loon Essential Info
|Opening Times||1200-1900 Wed-Fri, 1000-1700 Sat-Sun, closed Mon-Tue.|
|Admission Prices (2020)||€10.00 for adults, €8.00 for students and CJP cultural youth pass, €5.50 for children 6-18. FREE entry for children 0-5, Museumkaart and Iamsterdam City Card holders.|
|Getting There||The Museum Van Loon is located on Keizersgracht (south side) just off Vijzelstraat. Metro 52 stops at nearby Vijzelgracht. Tram 24 stops at Muntplein.|
Museum Van Loon, Keizersgracht 672, 1017 ET Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 624 5255, museumvanloon.nl