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Museum Willet-Holthuysen Tours and Activities

Museum Willet-Holthuysen
Amsterdam's Museum Willet-Holthuysen houses a wonderful collection of fine paintings, antique furnishings, and decorative pieces. Owned in the 19th century by the Willets, a wealthy family of avid art collectors, today it showcases one of the best examples of 19th-century style and decoration in the city. 

The Basics
Visitors are welcome to look around the 18th- and 19th-century period rooms at their own pace. The carefully restored interiors, decorated in rich blues, gold, and greens, are typical of the indulgent lifestyle of Amsterdam’s prosperous merchant classes. Above the stairs there’s a ballroom, library, dining room, salons, and a bedroom complete with an ornately carved four-poster bed—all kitted out with silverware, silk wallpaper, gold-embellished Meissen porcelain, hand-embroidered curtains, and beautifully crafted furniture. Below stairs in the basement are the servant’s quarters, where the kitchen is plainly furnished for practicality, with a simple tiled fireplace for cooking and rough-hewn furniture. A formal knot garden is tucked away behind the house, where 19th-century ladies would have wandered among the classical statuary.

You can book admission tickets in advance online, and entrance is included with most city passes. Audio tours, included in the entrance fee, can be picked up from the front desk. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Museum Willet-Holthuysen is a must-visit for art and history enthusiasts.
  • The historical building’s many stairs and lack of an elevator make it inaccessible to wheelchair users. Chaperones and registered guide dogs, however, are welcome.
  • Photography for personal use, without the use of a tripod, is permitted.
  • Make sure your phone is set to silent mode when visiting.
  • Children under 18 enter free.

How to Get There
Located on Herengracht canal—within the Canal Ring UNESCO World Heritage Site—the museum is accessible by metro lines 51, 53, and 54; get off at Waterlooplein, just across Blauwbrug bridge. Alternatively, take tram 4 or 14 to Rembrandtplein, a few minutes’ walk away, or walk 20 minutes from Amsterdam Centraal train station. 

When to Get There
Museum Willet-Holthuysen is open every day of the week from 10am to 5pm. It is closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and King’s Day (April 27). Like most museums, its busiest times are weekends and holidays, so visit early or on weekdays to avoid the crowds.

The Collector’s Room
One of the museum’s most interesting rooms is the small, low-ceilinged collector’s room, which Abraham Willet-Holthuysen called his ‘little antiques room.’ Home to such items as medals, figures, and glass objects, the collector’s room is distinct from the rest of the house in that it is furnished in a sober Dutch Renaissance style with dark wood, stained glass windows, and red velvet wall coverings.
Address: Herengracht 605, Amsterdam 1017, Netherlands
Admission: Varies
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Admission Ticket to Museum Willet-Holthuysen in Amsterdam

Admission Ticket to Museum Willet-Holthuysen in Amsterdam

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Immerse yourself in the opulent chambers and fabulous features of the Museum Willet-Holthuysen with an admission ticket to the famous cultural institution in Amsterdam. Explore the interior of the 17th-century canal house to discover impressive collections of classic art, antique furniture and sparkling silverware. Learn about the vibrant history of the Willet family, the former owners of the house, and explore the entertaining exhibits at your own pace with your unrestricted ticket.
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury River Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury River Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

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Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a luxury open-air boat with no windows or walls between you and the sights. Settle into comfy cushioned seats, and warm up with provided blankets and a drink from the cash bar if the weather is chilly. The cruise departs multiple times daily from the Anne Frank House, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
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  • 1 hour
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The Essential Amsterdam Private Tour By Bike / E-bike

The Essential Amsterdam Private Tour By Bike / E-bike

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Explore Amsterdam on a two-wheeled adventure while a local shows you the highlights and hidden gems of the city. Soak up the sounds and smells of Amsterdam as you bike from Westerkert to the Rijksmuseum. Your cycle-loving host will be by your side at all times, so follow their lead for an easy-going ride. You’ll be surprised by how much you can take in when you explore by bike. Pedal past Museumplein, the Hollowcast Memorial and other landmarks that you simply must see. Discover the serene Begijnhof garden, a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city. Gaze around in wonder at your stunning surroundings as your host gives you all the insights. Then, hop back on and explore more of the city. The magnificent Rijksmuseum will stop you in your tracks. Amsterdam has something to offer every type of traveler. Whether you are into its historic architecture or alternative districts there is a local to suit you. Every one of our locals brings their own unique perspective to the experience.
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

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Cruise down the famous canals of Amsterdam during this 75-minute boat tour. Hop aboard the classic wooden saloon boat and sit back and enjoy the beautiful city pass you by. See landmarks while nibbling on Dutch cheese and having a drink.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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60 Minute Small Group Tour by Captain Jack

60 Minute Small Group Tour by Captain Jack

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Cruising the canals of Amsterdam is a must for first-time visitors to the city. This family-friendly cruise provides a personalized experience with a small boat and a maximum of 20 passengers on-board. Get to know each other as you sip drinks, tuck into snacks, and enjoy entertaining commentary from Captain Jack. Cruise around the UNESCO-listed canal ring, spot landmarks including the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House, and hear fun facts and stories about Amsterdam as you discover the city.
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PRIVATE and SAFE Saloon Boat Ride: Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Unlimited Drinks

PRIVATE and SAFE Saloon Boat Ride: Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Unlimited Drinks

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The combination of foot, bike, car and bus traffic on the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam can be overwhelming. Escape the crowds with this private canal tour. Experience the city’s waterways from a unique vantage point. Enjoy a chilled drink while a local guide gives you insight on the history and architecture of the city.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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E-Bike Private Tour of The Essential Amsterdam

E-Bike Private Tour of The Essential Amsterdam

Explore Amsterdam on a two-wheeled adventure while a local shows you the highlights and hidden gems of the city. Soak up the sounds and smells of Amsterdam as you bike from Westerkert to the Rijksmuseum. Your cycle-loving host will be by your side at all times, so follow their lead for an easy-going ride. You’ll be surprised by how much you can take in when you explore by bike. Pedal past Museumplein, the Hollowcast Memorial and other landmarks that you simply must see. Discover the serene Begijnhof garden, a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city. Gaze around in wonder at your stunning surroundings as your host gives you all the insights. Then, hop back on and explore more of the city. The magnificent Rijksmuseum will stop you in your tracks. Amsterdam has something to offer every type of traveler. Whether you are into its historic architecture or alternative districts there is a local to suit you. Every one of our locals brings their own unique perspective to the experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in The Early Morning

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in The Early Morning

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This top-rated Amsterdam canal cruise departs in the early morning, before the city comes alive. Discover the stillness of the canals while enjoying the morning fog or sunlight, as your Amsterdam-raised and entertaining captains narrate. Marvel at the clear, mirrored reflections of canal homes on the water while you float past landmarks. Coffee, tea, and snacks are provided along with a cozy atmosphere on this small-group tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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Should I book Museum Willet-Holthuysen tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Museum Willet-Holthuysen can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 7 Museum Willet-Holthuysen tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Museum Willet-Holthuysen 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Museum Willet-Holthuysen costs USD 15.54. Guided Museum Willet-Holthuysen tours start around USD 15.54 per person. See all 7 Museum Willet-Holthuysen tickets and tours on Viator.
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