Willet-Holthausen - aristocratic mansion

Willet-Holthausen - aristocratic mansion in Amsterdam Amsterdam museums

If you want to see the real luxurious atmosphere of the late 19th century, then you should definitely visit one of the most unusual houses on the Herengracht canal, then you should include a visit to the Willet-Holthuysen Museum in your entertainment and educational program.


Until the end of the 19th century, the family of Abraham Willet (1825-1888) and Louisa Holthuysen (1824-1895) lived in the house on Herengracht 605.

House on Herengracht 605 where the family of Abraham Willet and Louise Holthausen lived in the 19th century

The husband died early. Wife, never getting married a second time, left her home, with all the luxuries, unique pieces of art, as a gift to the city of Amsterdam.

One condition was spelled out in the will - the house should become a museum.

So in 1895 another museum appeared in the capital of the Netherlands - a typical mansion of the aristocracy of the late 19th century on the canal. All art objects can compete in their luxury and uniqueness with many of the world's masterpieces.


The furnishings of the house have not changed since the time of the last owners. You can walk through the floors, take a picture or capture yourself against the background of ancient tapestries, paintings by great masters, or in a wonderful garden.

If you wish, you can make your own tea in a small but cozy kitchen (for 1 euro).

kitchen and cutlery in the Willet-Holthausen mansion

Study, living room, ballroom and many other rooms. Every detail of the interior is thought out to the smallest detail. In some rooms, the feeling that the owners just went out for a couple of minutes and were about to show up was preserved.
It's a bit of a pity that you can't sit in luxurious armchairs, feel the softness of sofas and sofas. But the patterns on the stained-glass windows can be studied endlessly, finding new nuances and admiring the skill of the Flemish masters of the past.

typical bedroom in a 19th century Amsterdam aristocracy mansion

For full penetration into the atmosphere of the house - museum you can take an audio guide, including in Russian - presentation of information is very original and even funny. The film about the house and its owners is also very interesting.

There are many brochures telling about the details of the interior, about the authors of the works of art that are collected within these walls.
The excursion program is thought out to the smallest detail. The walk does not tire and leaves you wanting to come back again.

Practical information

  • Address:
    Herengracht 605, PO Box 3302, 1001 AC Amsterdam
  • Opening hours:
    Mon - Fri from 10.00 to 17.00
    Sat - Sun and holidays from 11.00 to 17.00
  • Ticket price:
    Adults = € 9
    From 5 to 18 years old = 4.5 euros
    Under 4 = free
    Audio tour = 1 euro (take it without fail - the tour will take on a completely different shade)
  • By cards:
    Museumkaart, Vrienden Stedelijk Museum, leden Vereniging Rembrandt, ICOM, Stadspas, Iamsterdam City Card = Admission is free.
  • Official site: www.willetholthuysen.nl
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