Museum Van Loon

splendid canal house, garden and coach house

First resident was painter Ferdinand Bol, one of Rembandt's most famous pupils.

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The facade of Museum van Loon on Keizersgracht

Former patrician house of the Amsterdam regent family Van Loon.

Museum Van Loon is situated in a majestic mansion on one of Amsterdam's main canals: Keizersgracht or Emperor's Canal.

It was built in 1672 by architect Adriaan Dortsman who also designed the Ronde Lutherse Kerk on the Singel.

Interior and garden

The interior and exterior have remained largely intact over the centuries and still evoke the splendour of the Golden Age.

The rooms display a large collection of paintings, fine furniture, precious silverware and porcelain from different centuries.

The beautiful garden is enclosed at the back by the classical facade of the coach house. This original unity of canal house, garden and coach house can't be seen anywhere else.

Van Loon family

In the 19th century, the Van Loon family moved into the house. The family's history is closely linked to that of Amsterdam. Several Van Loons were city mayors. Others, like Willem van Loon, held important positions in the Dutch East India Company (VOC).

The last resident of the house, before it became a museum, was Thora van Loon-Egidius. She was Queen Wilhelmina's Dame du Palais for 40 years and invited important royal guests to the house in that capacity.

Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands reigned from 1890 until her abdication in 1948, longer than any other Dutch monarch. Her reign saw World War I, the economic crisis of 1933 and World War II.


The entrance for the museum is on Keizersgracht 672, one of the 4 main canals in the Canal Belt of Amsterdam.

Other nearby attractions are Foam, Amsterdam City Archives and KattenKabinet.

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