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- Herengracht 605, 1017 CE AMSTERDAM
- Working hours*:
Monday - Sunday:
10:00 - 17:00
Adults - 12,50€
Children 0-18 - Free
Student Card - 10€
- * - opening and closing times as well as entrance prices, are subject to alterations without notice. Visitors are advised to check before visiting.
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Welcome to Herengracht 605. This double-fronted town house was built in 1687, towards the end of Amsterdam's Golden Age. It was occupied by various families. You had to be very wealthy to live in a house like this, on one of the city’s smartest canals. This was certainly true of Abraham Willet and his rich wife Sandrina Louisa Geertruyda Holthuysen, who lived here from 1861 to 1895. Their lives feature strongly throughout the museum.
When Louisa died on 30 January 1895, she bequeathed the house, its valuable contents and her husband's extensive art collection to the City of Amsterdam. The following year, the doors were opened and the final wishes of the former lady of the house were fulfilled; her beloved home was transformed into a museum named after herself and her husband. Museum Willet Holthuysen, now managed by the Amsterdam Museum, is still open to the public more than a hundred years later.
The house is open all year round. You can look around the splendid 18th and 19th-century period rooms. The impressive ballroom, conservatory and dining room bear witness to the Willet-Holthuysen's lifestyle. The kitchen and scullery in the basement give a good impression of the day-to-day life of their servants. At the back of the double-fronted canal house is a formal French-style symmetric garden, which was reconstructed in 1972. Museum Willet-Holthuysen is located on the Herengracht in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam famous ring of canals is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In 2016, Museum Willet-Holthuysen celebrated its 120th anniversary. Over the next few years, the period rooms will be renovated and reconstructed.