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Museum Van Loon

Coordinates: 52°21′48″N 4°53′34″E / 52.36333°N 4.89278°E / 52.36333; 4.89278
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Museum Van Loon
The museum as seen from the garden
Museum Van Loon is located in Amsterdam
Museum Van Loon
Location in Amsterdam
Established1973 (museum)
LocationKeizersgracht 672
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Coordinates52°21′48″N 4°53′34″E / 52.36333°N 4.89278°E / 52.36333; 4.89278
ArchitectAdriaan Dortsman

Museum Van Loon is a museum located in a canalside house alongside the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The museum is named after the family Van Loon that lived in the house from the 19th century.


Van Loon Gardens

The canal house where the museum resides was built in 1672, and served as the home of artist Ferdinand Bol. From 1884 to 1945 the Van Loons lived in the house. Thora van Loon-Egidius, who lived in the house, was a lady-in-waiting for Wilhelmina of the Netherlands.[1]

Architecture and collection


The house was designed in 1672 by Adriaan Dortsman, the famous Dutch architect known for having created the Ronde Lutherse Kerk. There are four sculptures on top of the house, representing Ceres, Mars, Minerva and Vulcan.[2] The interior of the house has been renovated, and appears reminiscent of its look in the 18th-century, with wood paneling and stucco work. The upstairs features several paintings of Roman sports figures and a bedroom that is decorated with a Romanticism period painting of Italy. The house also has fake bedroom doors: the 18th-century owners desired to have symmetry in the interior design so they painted the real bedroom doors to match the walls and fake doors to appear real in a location where one would assume a door would be.[1]



The museum regularly organizes contemporary art exhibitions: Immersion (2011), Foam in Van Loon III : Daniëlle van Ark (2012), Suspended Histories (2013), Presentations by Asian contemporary art dealers (2013), AIR in Museum Van Loon with Quirine Racké & Helena Muskens (2014), Something Thrown in Way of the Observer (2015), AIR in Museum Van Loon with Jasmijn Visser (2015), Foam in Van Loon IV (2016), Turkish Tulips : Gavin Turk (2017), Presentation Thérèse Schwartze Award (2017), Güler Ates : Unfold (2017), Ronit Porat : Sophiornithidae (2017), Julien Spiewak : Corps de style (2018),[3] Marijn Bax : Mores (2018), Stéphanie Saadé : The Travels of Here and Now (2019).


  1. ^ a b Martin Dunford (2010). The Rough Guide to The Netherlands. Penguin. p. 1. ISBN 978-1-84836-882-8.
  2. ^ "Museum Van Loon - One of The Top Hidden Gems in Amsterdam". Luxury Columnist. 2017-11-10. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  3. ^ "Museum Van Loon – Julien SPIEWAK" (in French). Retrieved 2021-03-27.