Amsterdam has several museums from the prominent to the lesser-known ones. Located on the Keizersgracht canal, the Museum Van Loon is one such lesser-known yet interesting museum. It is, in fact, becoming a favorite place for visitors on private Amsterdam tours as the museum offers a chance to get acquainted with the history of the region.
The Museum Van Loon is actually a patrician house owned by the Van Loon family, who were one of the major aristocratic families of Amsterdam. Currently open to the public, the Museum Van Loon is indeed a unique experience for visitors who tour Amsterdam.
The Van Loon Family
The origins of the Van Loon Family are traceable back to Loon op Zand, which is a village located near to Den Bosch. Credited as the founders of the Dutch Far East Company, the Van Loons were merchants engaging in trade actively. They eventually settled in Amsterdam in the 17th century. They bought the house in 1884, and they continue to hold on to the property even today.
The Van Loon House
The house was built around 1671 along with the other house that resembles the same as it. It was constructed for the Flemish merchant Jeremias van Raey and was designed by the architect Adriaen Dortsman. A pupil of the famous painter Rembrandt once lived in the house. The house had undergone many changes over the centuries and the Van Hagen family is responsible for reconstructing its interiors and staircase, as it appears now.
Inside the Van Loon Museum
The Van Loon Museum is designed like the traditional canal houses of Amsterdam. The kitchen is located in the basement with the reception and bedrooms located in the subsequent floors. The rooms have excellent decorations with the dining rooms consisting of a fully dressed table.
The drawing rooms and gents rooms are adorned with many valuable items from the past. It is very much helpful for visitors to understand the life during those periods. The walls are covered with numerous paintings and old photographs depicting the history of the Van Loon family.
Occasionally, the Van Loon museum conducts several exhibitions based on the character and theme of the house. This includes the history of the family to modern art and works of reputed artists from around the world. Besides, the collections of period furniture, porcelain, and silverware, which date back to the 18th century, are reminiscent of an era and life during those times.
Opening Hours and Admission rates
The Van Loon Museum is open all days of the week. The museum remains open from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm for visitors on Amsterdam tours. For adults, the admissions charges are 9 Euros, whereas it is free for children under the age of six. Students and groups having a minimum of 10 members are charged seven Euros for entering the museum.