The Museum van Loon is one of a collection of spectacular house-museums which lies in the Amsterdam canal district. The museum is an absolute must for anyone who is interested in the history of the “Golden Age of the Netherlands” and the cultural heritage of the Dutch elites. Built in 1672 by classic Dutch architect Adriaen Dortsman, the first inhabitant was Ferdinand Bol, who studied painting under Rembrandt. The house and gardens later passed into the possession of the van Loon family. This is the only canal house in Amsterdam where it is possible to view the house, garden and coach house in their entirety.
The house has been mostly restored to its 18th century appearance; however there are items on display from across the years of use, including porcelain, silverware and fine furniture. There are also many fine artworks on display. Visitors should take particular note of the fine wood paneling and stucco work which can be seen in many of the rooms. Also look out for the “fake doors” which are present in some of the rooms. These doors were painted in at the behest of one of the owners who wanted to distort the symmetry of the rooms.
In the garden of the museum, it is possible to visit the former coach house of the property. During their time in the house, the van Loon family were known for their large collection of carriages, sledges and harnesses, which were kept in this building. Many of these items have survived and are regularly displayed. The coach house also plays host to a variety of different exhibitions which are changed on a regular basis.
Van Loon Family
The van Loon family were one of the richest families in the Netherlands during the Dutch Empire. The family partially built their wealth by establishing the Dutch East India Company. They were then able to capitalise on their successes by becoming members of the Dutch political elite. The house came into the possession of the family in 1884 when Hendrik van Loon gave the property to his son as a wedding present. There are a large collection of family portraits inside the house, including some which date back to as early as the 16th Century.
The museum and gardens are open daily from 11 AM until 5PM, except on Tuesdays, when they are closed all day. Ticket prices are €8 for adults and €6 for students. Children aged 6 -18 can get tickets for €4 and children under 6 are free with an adult. Entrance is also free for visitors with an Iamsterdam card or a Museumkaart.