When it was built in the 17th century, this house with its imposing facade was already a real attraction. And that is absolutely the case today still. Come and see the most beautiful canal house in Amsterdam!
Detail of the facade
House Bartolotti was built around 1620 by order of the wealthy banker-merchant Willem Bartolotti van den Heuvel. It was one of the largest merchant’s houses in the city. The merchant's house was most likely built to a design by the Amsterdam city stonemason Hendrick de Keyser. The facade is lavishly decorated with ornaments such as decorative vases, balusters, medallions and imaginative sculpture. The house has a double kink, and stands in a bend of the Herengracht, exactly in the axis of the Driekoningenstraat. You can see the front of the house from both sides of the canal and from the Driekoningenstraat.
The closer you look, the more you see
The Rococo stucco in House Bartolotti is of superb quality.
Rococo at it's best
If you look closely you will see that the ornaments can not be mirrored. They have their own capricious form. That is typical for the Rococo style. Previously, the decorations were geometric in shape and you could clearly recognize figures such as angels or pillars. With the Rococo style, almost everything has an imaginative, abstract and natural form.
Off all times
Various styles are intertwined in the building. The hall in the back house, dating from around 1755, has stucco and wood carvings in Louis XV or Rococo style. But in the hallway of the front house, immediately after the entrance, you can see stucco in Louis XIV style from about 20 years earlier.
In the front room you will find more interior elements from that time: a beautiful marble relief above the fireplace, real 'witjes' by the famous painter Jacob de Wit and wallpapers painted with landscapes. And all areas have their own atmosphere. Just compare the simple bed rooms upstairs with the lush garden room on the first floor. It has a marble fountain with all kinds of sculpted animals on the edge!
The kitchen of Museumhuis Bartolotti
You really get a glimpse into the kitchen here. Discover how the table was set for a sumptuous meal. Were they too fond of dessert in the past? Was there really such a thing as dessert? Take your time to walk around with the audio tour.
Hear stories about the architecture, history and inhabitants of Huis Bartolotti. But above all, experience the house yourself! Sit on the chairs, look in the cupboard or set the table in the kitchen.... and also take a walk through the beautiful deep garden with a beautiful view of the rear facade.
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:30
Thursday 10:00 - 16:30
Friday 10:00 - 16:30
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:30 - 17:00
During opening hours, please call 06 39345457, for questions about the museum house.
Visitors aged 12 – 26 years €5
Visitors aged under 12 free
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Bartolotti House - Herengracht 170 - 1016 BP Amsterdam
This museum house works with time-slots. Please reserve a time slot
Museum house Bartolotti is not accessible for visitors in a wheelchair