Van Loon Museum
In 1602 Willem van Loon co-founded the Dutch East-India Company. Today, in the heart of Amsterdam, six days a week, the house and collection is opened to the public.
In the heart of the Amsterdam canal district lies Museum Van Loon, a magnificent private residence built in 1672 by the architect Adriaen Dortsman. The first resident was painter Ferdinand Bol, a pupil of Rembrandt. The interior of the house has remained largely intact during the last centuries and still evokes the splendor of the Golden Age.
In the rooms, a large collection of paintings, fine furniture, precious silvery and porcelain from different centuries is on display. Behind the house is a beautiful garden, an oasis of quiet in the modern inner city. The garden is laid out in formal style, and is bordered on the far side by the classical façade of the coach house. This original unity of canal house, garden and coach house is nowhere else to be seen. If you want a glimpse of the world behind the façades of the world famous canals, a visit to Museum Van Loon is definitely worth your while.
A noble merchant family
The museum is named after the Van Loon family, the last residents of the house and founders of the museum. The family originates from the town of Loon op Zand, near the city of ’s Hertogenbosch in the south of the Netherlands. In the 17th century, they moved to Amsterdam, and from then on were involved in commerce and city governance, like other leading families in the Golden Age. In 1602 Willem van Loon was a founding member of the V.O.C., the Dutch East India Company, and his grandson was the first Van Loon to become mayor of Amsterdam. The Van Loons were raised to the peerage in the 19th century.
At the far side of the garden lies the coach house, like the main house itself designed by Adriaen Dortsman. Coaches would enter through the Kerkstraat, which was especially designed for coach houses. Although the coach house has always been part of the complex, it remained private property of the Van Loon family up until 2009. With the help of foundations and donations, the coach house was acquired by the museum. Museum Van Loon is the only museum in the Netherlands where the original unity of canal house, garden and coach house can be viewed in its entirety.
For centuries, the stylish dining room and salon of the Van Loon house have been a meeting place for relatives, family friends and respected members of society. The museum wants to preserve this open character of the house. It is possible to rent the rooms for your meetings, presentations and such. If you are interested, you will find our contact details in the link below.
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