On my last morning in Amsterdam I decided to go to two museums that I had read about and very much wanted to visit, the Museum Willet-Holthuysen and the Rembrandt House Museum. I had already visited the Anne Frank House and you can read about that in my blog post, A visit to the Anne Frank House.
The Museum Willet-Holthuysen is located in the Southern Canal belt, at Herengracht 605. It is a double front canal home once owned by Abraham Willet and Louisa Willet-Holthuysen, an affluent Amsterdam couple in the mid to late 1800’s.
Louisa outlived her husband and on her own death she bequeathed the house and it’s contents, including her husbands art collection, to the City of Amsterdam. Her only condition was that the house should be kept as a museum, and 120 year later it still is.
The cost to view the house is 10 Euros, but this includes a very informative and enjoyable audio tour which takes you room by room at your own pace.
From the Conservatory, which Louisa often used as a Tea Parlour, there is a lovely view down on the beautiful ornate gardens. From the ground level you can also go out into the garden to stroll and enjoy them.
Once I had finished enjoying the Museum Willet-Holthuysen I walked north, less than a 10 minute stroll, to visit the Rembrandt House Museum at Jodenbreestraat 4.
Rembrandt lived and worked in this house for most of his life during the 1600’s. He had is own work studio, and also a studio for his students to work in. You can view the house as it was when he was there and there is an exhibition room that has various visiting displays.
It is open to the public from 10 am daily and the adult admission charge is 13 Euros and includes a nice Audio tour to take you around the house.
It was really cool to be able to stand in the actual studio that he worked in and see his Easel placed there as if he had just walked away for a moment.
The Fireplace in the Entrance hall is mostly faux marble, painted to look like it but actually made of something much lighter than stone to keep the weight of the house down. The painting above the fireplace was actually painted by one of Rembrandt’s students. In the house there was also a room full of props and artifacts collected by Rembrandt and used by himself and his students to work from.
I have to say, along with the Anne Frank House Museum, these 2 museums were my favourites while visiting Amsterdam. I really enjoy seeing how people lived in bygone eras.
Date of visit; May 2018.