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Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam

672 Keizersgracht
Netherlands 1017 ET
Tel: 31 20 624 5255's insider take:

If you're itching to get behind the doors of one of those stately Golden Age canal houses, Museum Van Loon is your best bet. The 17th-century house museum, once home to co-founders of the Dutch East Indian Company (which pretty much co-founded Amsterdam), is stuffed with swirling plasterwork, marble, family portraits, silver, and sweeping staircases. The result, despite the Van Loon family's comic-relief name, is a lesson in gracious living.

Open 11 am to 5 pm. Closed Tuesday.

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