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Museum Willet-Holthuysen e-ticket
Meet the Willets! In the museum the story is told of Abraham Willet (1825-1888) and his wife Louisa Willet-Holthuysen (1824-1895).
Abraham Willet (1825-1888) and his wife Louisa Willet-Holthuysen (1824-1895) were the last inhabitants of the monumental premises at the Herengracht which is now known as Museum Willet-Holthuysen. Not only did they leave behind the house, but also Abraham’s large and valuable art collection.
Abraham Willet was a bon vivant, going out was a self-evident part of his life. He used to go to the theatre frequently and he often dined in town with his artistic friends. Willet also took full part in Amsterdam cultural life. At the center was the art society of Arti et Amicitiae. Louisa used to go shopping with her lady-companion and she used to walk her dogs. It was unthinkably for a married lady to go out in public without a companion. At night accompanied her husband to concerts, plays and the opera. Prosperous Amsterdammers, like the Willets, would often spend the summer months out of town. As we know from travel reports, Mr. and Mrs. Willet-Holthuysen would frequently go on long journeys. In 1874, they moved into a country house in Le Vésinet, an rich village near Paris. Life over there was much less formal than in Amsterdam, with all its obligatory visits and dinnerparty's.
The collection is not only of high quality, but also very varied. Apart from paintings, Abraham collected ceramics, glassware, furniture, sculpture and more. This variety is extraordinary, because most Dutch collectors in the 19th century only focused on the collecting of drawings, prints and painting.
The museum is located at the Herengracht 605
Things to bring
Entrance tickets are non refundable
Museum adults: 9 EUR
Museum children (5-18): 4,50 EUR
Price small children (0-5): free
Monday to Friday: 10:00-17:00
Weekends and national holidays: 11:00-17:00
Closed on 1 January, Kingsday and 25 December
Closing time on 4 May (Remembrance Day) is 14:00
Closing time on 4, 24 and 31 December is 16:00