Museum Van Loon
The Museum Van Loon is the only canal house in Amsterdam where the house, gardens, and coach house can be viewed in its entirety. Guided tours of the museum are available in both Dutch and English for an extra fee.
Entrance is free for visitors with an I Amsterdam City Card, which also includes free admission to other top Amsterdam sights and unlimited use of public transportation. Alternatively, visitors can pick up the Amsterdam and Holland sightseeing pass and receive discounted admission to the Museum Van Loon and other popular attractions.
Things to know before you go
- Discover how an aristocratic family lived in 19th century Holland.
- A must-see for anyone interested in the Golden Age of Amsterdam.
- Admission to Museum Van Loon is free with the I Amsterdam City Card.
- With several steps and stairs, the museum is not wheelchair- and stroller-accessible throughout.
How to get there
The Museum Van Loon is located alongside the Keizersgracht Canal, otherwise known as the Emperor’s Canal. To get there from Amsterdam Central Station, take tram 24 to the Muntplein stop or metro line 52 to Vijzelgracht. The museum is only a 5-minute walk from Rembrandtplein square and the Bloemenmarkt.
When to get there
Museum Van Loon is typically open daily and closed during major Dutch holidays. Unlike top Amsterdam attractions—like the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt House, or Rijksmuseum—Museum Van Loon is rarely crowded. The museum is small so you only need an hour so to see the house from top to bottom.
The Van Loon Family
The Van Loon family originated from the town of Loon op Zand in the southern Netherlands and moved to Amsterdam during the 17th century. The Van Loons were active merchants, co-founding the Dutch East India Company, and several family members held prominent positions in city government. The canal house on Keizersgracht was purchased by the Van Loons in 1884 and they still own it today.
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