The Rembrandt House Museum, known as Rembrandthuis in Dutch, is a unique museum that allows visitors to catch a glimpse of what the famous Rembrandt’s life would have been like during the 17th century. Located on the Jodenbreestraat in Amsterdam, the museum is housed in the very same home that Rembrandt lived in for two decades. Attached to the house is a modern building which displays the work of Rembrandt, which include etchings and his collection of objects.
The house was originally built in 1606 and was purchased by Rembrandt in 1639. He lived and painted in the home until he went bankrupt in 1656. At this point, all of his belongings were up for auction.
In 1906, some 400 years later, a foundation was established that allowed for the purchase of the famous painter’s home. After purchasing the home, the space was renovated and opened to the public just three years later.
The Museum Collection
The Rembrandt House Museum is a representation of what Rembrandt’s home would have looked like while he was living and working in it. All of the furnishings and objects found in the home were carefully selected and paired with sculptures, prints and paintings of famous artists from his time. In addition, nearly all of Rembrandt’s prints are on display (at least 250 works) as well as his tools. The museum also explores the techniques he used when creating his work.
The museum is open daily from 10AM until 6PM.
- Children under the age of 6: Free
- Children aged 6-17: € 4,00
- Adults: € 12,50
Guided tours are also available upon request. Tours take approximately one hour to complete and can accommodate up to 15 people.
Twice a day, demonstrators show visitors how etchings were printed and how paint was made during the 17th century. The paint preparation demonstrates how different pigments and oil are combined to create colorful paints. The etching demonstration explores etching printing techniques and graphic art in general. Demonstrations are free to watch.
- 10AM – 1:15PM
- 1:45PM – 4:45PM
Painting Preparation Demonstration
- 10:15AM – 12:30PM
- 1PM – 4:45PM
The Rembrandt House Museum is also available for special events between the hours of 5:30PM and 11PM each day. Dinners, lectures, presentations and receptions can be held in the auditorium, which is located in the museum’s new wing. The auditorium is equipped to accommodate up to 70 persons and features state of the art sound equipment.
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