Museum Willet-Holthuysen

Museum Willet-Holthuysen is a located on the Herengracht in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam famous ring of canals is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Museum Willet-Holthuysen
Front of the museum in 2008
Museum Willet-Holthuysen is located in Amsterdam
Museum Willet-Holthuysen
Location in Amsterdam
Establishedca. 1685 (building)
1896 (museum)
LocationHerengracht 605
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Coordinates52°21′56″N 4°53′57″E / 52.365556°N 4.899167°E / 52.365556; 4.899167
TypeArt museum
Public transit accessTram stop Rembrandtplein
Metro stop Waterlooplein


The house was built for Jacob Hop, mayor of Amsterdam, around 1685. He was not the last mayor to own the house. In 1739 the outside was redesigned to look as it does today, in the then fashionable Louis XIV style.[citation needed] In 1895, its owner, Louisa Holthuysen, bequeathed the building and its contents, including the art collected by her and her husband, Abraham Willet, to the city of Amsterdam on condition that it became a museum bearing their names.[1]

The houseEdit

Three floors are open to the public, the souterrain, with the kitchen and garden (restored in 1972), the first floor (bel-etage with long hallway), and the top floor, with one bedroom on display and rooms for exhibitions. In the blue room, several paintings on the walls show previous owners (by unspecified artists). In this room there are also several decorative paintings by Jacob de Wit, though these have been sourced from other buildings in Amsterdam. Decorative pieces by Jacob de Wit were at some stage in the house, but previous owners took them with them. It is not clear if some of the current Jacob de Wit paintings are 'back home'.[citation needed]

Flower paintings are on display by various Amsterdam painters, such as Adriana Johanna Haanen.[2]


  1. ^ "Louisa Holthuysen". Museum Willet-Holthuysen. Retrieved 2017-02-22. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Adriana Johanna Haanen in the Dutch Institute for History

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