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Willet-Holthuysen museum

I must recognize that capital surprised the Dutch me by the amount of museums that it has. In fact, some trips to Amsterdam include some visits to some of them. But not only the Rikjsmuseum, or Van Gogh is worthy to visit but there are others of less fame than also they will satisfy us. And one of them is the Willet-Holthuysen Museum.

Constructed on the Herengracht channel, in the Dutch capital, the house of Jacob Hop has its origins in 1685. It was built for him, who in that then ones was the mayor of the city. In 1739 it was redesigned and later acquired by Mrs. Willet-Holthuysen, who donated the property to the government of Amsterdam in 1895.

From that year, the residence lodges the Willet-Holthuysen Museum, that obtained its name of its last owner. Along with the mansion, it donated to the city the deprived collection of art of her already late husband. Its desire to transform the place into a museum soon was turned in fact.

The structure of three floors is open to the public in its totality, and emphasize in its interior the magnificent dance hall, the main dining room, the room with a view to the garden and the central runner, that reflect the way of life and the good taste in artistic matter of the rich Willet family.

The subsoil, the kitchen and the garden were recovered in 1972, and since then they exhibit the traditional style of century XVIII (the century of Dutch gold). Also room excels blue, that abounds in paintings that the previous owners of the mansion portray, although was not specified in no of the cases the name of its authors.

Also numerous decorativas paintings realized by Jacob de Wit are there, transferred from other buildings of Amsterdam to be put at the disposal of the public. Many other pieces by the same artist inhabited the house sometimes, but to his successive they took them owners with them in each occasion.

Of amobladas style Luis XIV and with pieces of old character, the rooms of this house also emphasize by the beauty of their chandeliers and by some whichever peculiarities pertaining to the collection of Willet: porcelain and crystal are the most abundant elements.

Practical information

  • Address: Herengracht 605
  • Schedule: of Monday through Friday, 10 to 17 hs. ; 11, week ends to 17 hs.
  • How to arrive: in street car, lines 4, 9, 14 and 20.

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  1. Your writing has animated to me to go to visit the Willet-Holthuysen Museum, in Amsterdam and there is peculiar similarity to me.
    Pity that the closed garden this due to a restoration.
    It is worth the pain to take the guide gratuitous of the entrance, where it explains curiosities to you of the house and the age.

    Commentary by Meri
    10-01-2009 @ 5:06 p.m.

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