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Rembrandt House Museum Amsterdam

The Rembrandt House (Museum Het Rembrandthuis) is the Amsterdam house where famous Dutch painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) lived. The museum gives visitors an insight into the life and work of Rembrandt at the height of his fame. Book Rembrandt House tickets here

Rembrandt purchased the house on the well-to-do Sint Antoniesbreestraat (now Jodenbreestraat) in 1639 for the considerable price of 13,000 guilders. He moved in with his wife Saskia Uylenburgh, a burgomaster’s daughter from Leeuwarden.

The house itself was built in 1606, the year of Rembrandt’s birth in Leiden. A few years before Rembrandt moved in, it is thought the house was remodelled by architect Jacob van Campen who designed the Royal Palace on Dam Square.

Rembrandt stayed in the house for 19 turbulent years producing some of his most famous works including the NightWatch which can be seen at the Rijksmuseum.

Saskia gave birth to 3 children in the house that unfortunately died shortly afterwards – they are all buried in the nearby Zuiderkerk. Whilst a 4th child Titus survived, Saskia herself passed away from tuberculosis in 1642 aged just 29.

For a good period Rembrandt enjoyed great prosperity as an artist and teacher and his studio produced a significant output of artworks. In total Rembrandt produced some 300 paintings, 290 etchings and 2,000 drawings over his career. The Rembrandt House has an almost complete collection of his etchings.

Rembrandt also acquired an incredible collection of rarities from all over the world including busts of Roman emperors, Venetian glassware, spears, shells and dried animals.

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Rembrandt House Amsterdam – Art Cabinet

Eventually Rembrandt’s fortunes began to change due to his extravagant lifestyle and a declining art market. In 1658 after persistent problems paying off his debts Rembrandt was declared bankrupt. A detailed inventory of his possessions was made on behalf of his creditors.

He had to move to a smaller rented house on Rozengracht with his mistress Hendrickje Stoffels, her daughter Cornelia and his son Titus. He remained there until his death in 1669. The house in the Jordaan area of Amsterdam was demolished in the 19th century.

For around the next 250 years the Rembrandt house had a number of different occupants before being bought by the city council who turned it over to a foundation. The house was renovated between 1908 and 1911 and then opened as a museum dedicated to the artist.

In 1998 a modern new wing was added nextdoor and the main house was restored carefully. The bankruptcy inventory was vital in helping create an authentic recreation of the home.

The museum underwent a major renovation in 2022-23 adding 30% more exhibition space.

A visit to the museum takes about 1 hour in a one-way direction with a new multimedia audio tour included – available in 13 languages.

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Introduction to the museum

Rooms on the tour include the Kitchen, the most comfortable room in the house due to the constant heat from the fireplace. Note the small box-beds of the day where people slept in semi-upright positions for fear of too much blood rushing to their heads.

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Rembrandt House Amsterdam – Kitchen

Visitors arrived into the house via the Entrance Hall which was adorned with paintings for sale by Rembrandt and other masters. There was a small adjacent office where Rembrandt kept his business papers.

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Rembrandt House Amsterdam – Entrance Hall

The Large Studio was Rembrandt’s main studio where he painted his masterpieces. The room faced north giving optimal light conditions.

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Rembrandt House Amsterdam – Large Studio

Rembrandt’s assistants made up his paints and prepared his canvases.

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Rembrandt House Amsterdam – paints

The Small Studio allowed 4-5 of Rembrandt’s students to work undisturbed in partitioned sections.

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Rembrandt House Amsterdam – Small Studio

The modern wing hosts regular temporary exhibitions about Rembrandt, his predecessors, contemporaries and pupils. It also shows works by contemporary artists inspired by Rembrandt.

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Multimedia exhibit at Rembrandt House
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Temporary exhibition space

There is a shop at the entrance selling various Rembrandt books and reproduction etchings. Access for disabled visitors to the old house is limited due to the narrow staircases.

Also of interest: Rembrandts Amsterdam Experience – A video art experience about the life of the famous painter and reconstruction of Rembrandt’s studio on Rozengracht. Book Rembrandt’s Amsterdam Experience tickets here 

Rembrandt House Essential Info

Opening TimesDaily 1000-1800.
Admission Prices (2024)€19.50 for adults, €6 for children 6-17. Free entry for children 0-5, Museumkaart and I Amsterdam City Card holders. Note, special exhibitions can attract a small supplement.

Book Rembrandt House tickets here

You can order the I Amsterdam City Card online here which includes free entrance to the Rembrandt House.

Getting ThereRembrandt house is located near Waterlooplein, which is served by tram 14 and metro lines 51, 53 and 54 (stop Waterlooplein).

Rembrandt House Museum, Jodenbreestraat 4, 1011 NK Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 520 0400,

Last updated 16 January 2024. This article was first published in 2010 and has been regularly updated.

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