Museum Willet-Holthuysen is a unique museum on the Amsterdam Herengracht. The double chic canal house was built in 1687. The last residents were Abraham Willet and his wealthy wife Sandrina Holthuysen. They lived here between 1861 and 1895. After her death Mrs Holthuysen donated the house, the precious furniture and the extensive art collection to the municipality of Amsterdam with the wish to establish a museum.
The life of the Willet-Holthuysen family is central to the museum. You can take a look at the beautiful 18th and 19th century period rooms. The richly decorated ballroom, the garden room and the dining room show how rich the Willet-Holthuysen family was. The kitchen in the basement gives a picture of the daily work of the staff. At the back of the canal house you can walk through the formal symmetrical French style garden.