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Canal Museums

The Amsterdam canals and the breath-taking estates which line them are a reminder of times past. Behind the façades of these houses lie centuries of historic interior design. The seven Canal houses offer a magnificent array of styles, from 17th-century opulent simplicity to 19th-century revival. From traditional kitchens and exquisite stairwells to painted ceilings. Each museum has its own distinct character, reflected in its collection and exhibitions. They add an extra dimension to a visit to Amsterdam.



Museum Willet-Holthuysen E-mail
Amsterdam

Willet-Holthuysen MuseumMuseum Willet-Holthuysen - In 1895 Mrs Willet-Holthuysen left this 17th century canal house to the city of Amsterdam, including all the movables like the furniture and the art collection of her late husband.

The house has been turned into a beautiful museum that keeps the name of her family alive. How did the wealthy live in an Amsterdam canal-side estate? You can find out all about in the Willet-Holthuysen Museum.

Location: Herengracht 605


Museum Willet-Holthuysen website

 
Museum Van Loon E-mail
Amsterdam

Van Loon MuseumMuseum Van Loon - In the heart of Amsterdam on the Keizersgracht, stands the house of the regent family Van Loon. Willem van Loon co-founded the Dutch East India Company in 1602. Six days a week the family opens their home and collection to the public.

The house still evokes the time when Mrs van Loon came rustling down the stairs, Mr van Loon made his daily visit to the Stock Exchange and employees were in abundance. Visitors can enjoy the richly ornamented rooms on the first floor, as well as the bedrooms and the kitchen. The collection includes portraits, signed furniture, silver and porcelain.

Location: Keizersgracht 672


Museum Van Loon website

 
Huis Marseille E-mail
Amsterdam

Huis MarseilleHuis Marseille - The Huis Marseille is a museum for photography and is situated in a 17th century canal-side estate. The building has housed the Huis MarseillePphotography museum since 1999.

Every three months the museum offers a new exhibition program, focusing on both the rich history and  the various applications of photography.

Location: Keizersgracht 401


Huis Marseille website

 


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