While Van Gogh is an undeniably loved figure in the Netherlands, Rembrandt is probably Holland’s most famous and beloved painter. The Amsterdam row house he lived in between 1639 and 1658 is an Amsterdam landmark— and has now become one of the most popular museums in the city.
The building housing the Rembrandt House Museum was built in 1606 to 1607 in an area of town occupied by rich merchants and artists. After being remodeled in 1628, Rembrandt himself bought the property in 1639, and lived there almost twenty years before going bankrupt in 1656, when he was forced to sell off all his posessions of value to pay his debts.
Whether or not you love and appreciate the work of this great artist, a visit to The Rembrandt House Museum is a must. Every room in the house was restored in 1999 to look just as it did when Rembrandt himself lived there in the 17th century. Each of the house’s ten rooms is full of the history of Amsterdam and of the life of Rembrandt van Rijn, including plaques outlining his personal history and a recreation of his workshop, where you can see demonstrations of his sketched art (on Wednesdays and at the weekend they do hands-on demonstrations of how etchings were printed and how paint was made in the 17th century).
Attached to the house itself is another building which houses a huge collection of Rembrandt’s wonderful sketches, paintings and etchings. There are also several of Rembrandt’s paintings on display throughout the museum, as well as some by his pupils.
The Rembrandt House Museum is not far from the Amsterdam’s Chinatown, right behind the Red Light District. Admission for adults is €7.50, and children 6 to 15 €1.50. The queues are often long; you may want to consider buying your tickets on line to avoid standing in line.