The Museum Het Rembrandthuis is a museum of the artist's rare prints and of selections from his forerunners, contemporaries and disciples, as well as a precisely restored version of Rembrandt's abode from 1639 to 1658. Visitors to this splendid museum are re-introduced to Rembrandt both as a prolific etcher -- a side of the artist not often seen -- and as an individual.
One individual quality of Rembrandt's, in particular, is responsible for this uniquely accurate restoration: the fact that the artist was such a notorious spendthrift ultimately enabled the restoration team to re-assemble the house's interior to a T. By 1656, Rembrandt had failed to make ends meet, so his personal possessions were inventoried and sold off, and the house itself later auctioned; this invaluable inventory later provided much of the information the restoration team needed to recreate the interior.
What's to See at Museum Het Rembrandthuis:
Virtually the entire collection of Rembrandt's prints are on show at Museum Het Rembrandthuis, an intricate art form that enthralls art lovers with its keen attention to detail. In Rembrandt's lifetime, it was actually his prints that were most widely celebrated, since these could be reproduced; only after his death was his reputation as a master etcher eclipsed by his fame as a painter.
Beside these 290-odd prints, a unrivaled picture of Rembrandt's artistic milieu is also painted: this consists of the so-called "Pre-Rembrandtists" who preceded him in Amsterdam, such as Rembrandt's own teacher, Pieter Lastman; and, on the other side of the timeline, Rembrandt's pupils, like Ferdinand Bol, in whose honor a major Amsterdam street is named. The house and its exhibits make for a superb destination for Rembrandt fans and casual art lovers who want a more intimate perspective on this true Dutch Master.
Museum Het Rembrandthuis Visitor Information:
Museum Het Rembrandthuis Location
- Daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Closed January 1.
- Adults: € 9
- Children 6-17: € 2.50
- Children under 6: Free
- Students (with ISIC): € 6.00
- "I amsterdam" card holders: Free
The museum's audio tour is included in the admission fee.
- By tram - Lines 9 and 14 to "Waterlooplein".
Call +31 (0)20 520 0400 or visit the Museum Het Rembrandthuis web site.