Van Gijn House (Huis Van Gijn) Tours
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From the outside this house may not seem unique, but step inside and you be transported back in time. This museum was the home of the banker and collector Simon van Gijn, who lived in it from 1864 until he died in 1922. Upon his death Van Gijn left his home and most of his collections to the Old Dordrecht Society, with the stipulation that they be made publicly available and the house’s interior maintained as close to its original state as possible. The rooms are richly decorated, with lush wall tapestries and woodwork, hand-embossed leather wallpaper, the first indoor toilet, and beautiful furnishings on all three floors.
The museum recently underwent an extensive restoration to return the building to the state it was during Van Gijn’s life, making it easy to imagine what upper-class living around the year 1900 was like — the house looks as though the owner may come home at any moment! Alongside interiors dating back several centuries, the museum has a wonderful collection of arts and crafts, an extensive toy collection that fills the attic, and a large collection of history prints and drawings, known as the Van Gijn Atlas.
A free guidebook is available with plenty of information about the rooms, their artifacts, and the house’s significant paintings. Audio guides are also available for purchase and there is a reasonably priced cafeteria on the ground floor with nice views of the garden.
Address: Nieuwe Haven 29–30, 3311 AP, Dordrecht, Netherlands
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; closed Mondays
Admission: € 10 adults; € 3,50 ages 13–18; younger than 13 visit for free
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Join a private walking tour that explores Dordrecht, Holland's oldest city. See important historical landmarks like the 'Groothoofdspoort' (main city gate), the town hall and courthouse, Our Sweet Lady Church, old warehouses, and elegant homes that once belonged to prosperous merchants. Choose a morning or afternoon departure, and get tips from your guide on great shops, restaurants, and attractions.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What are Van Gijn House (Huis Van Gijn) hours of operation?
Van Gijn House (Huis Van Gijn) hours of operation: Tuesday–Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; closed Mondays. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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