From the Dutch Golden Age

In Amsterdam we visited the Museum Van Loon, a mansion built during the Dutch Golden Age, held by the same family, and preserved intact with the furnishings. The above peacock decorates a mantle in the house.

In the 17th century, the Netherlands dominated world trade, including the spice trade with Indonesia. The Dutch East India Company made enormous profits importing spices. Willem van Loon, who built this house in 1672, co-founded the Dutch East India Company.

The dining room faces the Keizersgracht Canal, providing separation and privacy from the houses on the other side of the canal.

dining room of Museum van Loon
dining room of Museum van Loon

Dresses with the photo and story of the owner provide insight into the family.

The large stove in the kitchen shows that the kitchen was sized to feed many people.

large stove in the kitchen
large stove in the kitchen

I liked the spacious garden leading to the carriage house.

Even the carriage house, where the horses and carriages are stored, is decorated. Today, we call the structure for our transportation a garage. This doesn’t look like a garage to me.

carriage house
carriage house

A mansion with the art and furnishings of the family who lived there tells a more well-rounded story of the people and the time. Similar mansions we’ve enjoyed are the Jacquemart-André Museum, Vaux-le-Vicomte, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s home in Hyde Park.


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