In 1895, Mrs Willet-Holthuysen (1824-1895) left this 17th century double canal-side house to the city of Amsterdam, including the contents and the artworks collected by her deceased spouse Abraham Willet (1825-1888).
On the first and second floors, the impressive ballroom, the dining room, the lounges, the garden room and the corridor illustrate how the wealthy Willet couple lived. The kitchens and the utility rooms in the basement give an overview of the day- to-day existence of the staff.
Abraham Willet was the son of a well-known Amsterdam doctor. At a young age, he developed a keen interest in art and antiques. Once relocated to Herengracht 605, Abraham further developed as a passionate collector with a wide range of interests. His collection encompassed ceramics, glasswork, silver, antique furniture, sculptures, paintings, drawings and photos.
The house includes a stunning urban garden, set out in the early 18th century French style. In this garden, there are a range of historical trees and plant varieties that come from locations such as Paleis ‘t Loo. The garden offers an oasis of calm in the heart of Amsterdam.
Take advantage of another rare opportunity to visit an elegant 17th-century canal house with an ornamental garden. This house, built in 1687, was renovated several times before its last owner, Mrs. Willet-Holthuysen, willed her mansion and all its contents, including a fine-arts collection, to the city in 1885.
Its various owner and servant quarters allow you to compare the glittering lifestyles of the wealthy and those of the ordinary folk who took care of them. Among the most interesting rooms: A Victorian-era bedroom on the second floor, a large reception room with tapestry wall panels, and an 18th-century basement kitchen that's still so completely furnished and functional you could swear the cook had merely stepped out to go shopping.
Dates & Times
- Monday to Friday, 10.00-17.00
- Weekends 11.00-17.00
The museum is closed on 27 April (King's Day), 25 December and 1 January.
Closing time on 5, 24 and 31 December is 16.00.
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