Things to do in Amsterdam – Museum Van Loon

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Museum Van Loon Main Facade

 

One of the many elegant canal houses of the Dutch Golden Age is now the Museum Van Loon.  Built in the 1600s, the house was originally the residence of artist Ferdinand Bol, a student of Rembrandt’s, and in 1884, it became the home of the Van Loon family, descendents of VOC co-founder Willem van Loon.

Museum Van Loon Garden entrance Main House

Amsterdam’s grachtengordel (canal district) is lined with rows of canal houses, symbols of the vast wealth accumulated by the bankers and financiers, merchants, traders and artisans.  The Van Loon house is one of the grandest properties, sometimes referred to as a stadspaleis. Where the houses along the canals were built ‘back-to-back’ and one house occupied a single plot of land, usually a short, narrow strip (hence the many tall, skinny buildings), the stadspaleis was bigger and grander. These ‘city palaces’ occupied a long, double strip of land, which in actuality consisted of four separate plots.

Museum Van Loon Garden entrance Main House

This allowed the owners to build a doublewide main residence, at the front, and a doublewide ‘coach house’, or carriage house (the garage of the day), at the back; each building with its own façade. In the case of Museum Van Loon, the doublewide main house faces Keizersgracht and the doublewide carriage house (called the koetshuis, in Dutch) faces Kerkstraat. In between these two doublewide buildings is a lush garden offering a bit of quiet and calm in the midst of a bustling city.

Museum Van Loon Grand Staircase

The interior of the Van Loon house is also quite lush, with a grand staircase, marble floors

Museum Van Loon Ornate Walls

and ornate stuccoed walls and ceilings.

Museum Van Loon Blue Salon

The various rooms you’ll tour include the Blue Drawing Room,

Museum Van Loon Red Salon

the Red Drawing Room,

Museum Van Loon Master Bedroom

the Red Master Bedroom,

Museum Van Loon Dining Room

Museum Van Loon China Cabinet

the dining room

Museum Van Loon Kitchen

and the kitchen. On display throughout, are furnishings and accessories from various eras, as well as numerous paintings, including family portraits, some of which date back to the 16th century.

Museum Van Loon Garden entrance Carriage House

Museum Van Loon also presents temporary art and cultural exhibits in the coach house. At the time of our visit, we were able to view an exhibit of drawings and designs by architect Adriaan Dortsman (1635-1682), who was known for his austere Dutch Classicist style.  In addition to the Van Loon house, his designs include the Ronde Lutherse Kerk (Round Lutheran Church), also called the New Lutheran Church on Singel, and Huis Six at Herengracht 619, the residence of silk dyer and art collector Jan Six.

Museum Van Loon is located at  Keizersgracht, 672.

Ticket Info:

Adult admission = 9.00€ + any special exhibit surcharge; FREE with iAmsterdam City Card.

Travel tip:

Though we enjoyed our visit to Museum Van Loon, we think that the 10.00€ admission (9€ + non-optional special exhibit surchage) is a bit steep. If you have the iAmsterdam City Card, then we highly recommend a visit to Museum Van Loon.

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