Rembrandt House Museum

Rembrandt's refurbished house with with furniture, objects and most of his etchings

The 17th century house in which Rembrandt lived and worked from 1639 till 1658.

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The Rembrandt House (Het Rembrandthuis) with the newly built exposition space next to it (left)

The 17th century house in which Rembrandt lived and worked from 1639 till 1658 is still in the Jodenbreestraat, in the old Jewish neigbourhood of Amsterdam.

This is also the house in which his son Titus was born and his wife Saskia prematurely died is also the place where he painted and made his designs.

Etchings and drawings

In 1911 the house became a museum housing most of all Rembrandt's etchings. It's a great experience to see these exhibited in the very same surroundings in which they where created. In the museum there are also a small number of his drawings as well as paintings by his pupils and his teacher.

Rembrandt's graphic work

In addition to his extensive oeuvre of paintings and drawings Rembrandt van Rijn also produced around 290 prints. His mastery in this field is undisputed; he is generally acknowledged as one of the great etchers - if not the greatest - of all time.

Rembrandt acquired a European reputation in his own lifetime precisely because of his graphic work which, because it could be reproduced, was much more widely seen than his paintings or drawings.

Rembrandt's free use of line, the unique deep black of many of his etchings and his masterly use of the drypoint were very popular and his work was much sought after by the many print collectors of the time.

Collection of the museum

The collection as it now stands provides an almost complete overview of Rembrandt's graphic work: 260 of the 290 etchings he made are represented.

Museum Het Rembrandthuis

Jodenbreestraat 4
Amsterdam (Centrum)

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Opening hours
Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Mon closed
Tue 10:00 - 18:00
Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00

Entrance fee
€14.00 adults (18+)
€  5.00 6-17 years
free 0-5 years

official website
www.rembrandthuis.nl

Nederlands English



Rembrandthuis (video)

Documentary Rembrandt House Museum (7:48) - in French, English and Dutch

Rembrandt's house

Rembrandt went deep into debt to buy his house in the Jodenbreestraat, and in 1656 this was to prove his undoing. He had been unable to pay his creditors for a very long time, so in June of that year he petitioned for bankruptcy.

A list was drawn up of the furniture, art and household items in every room for the public auctions that were to be held in 1656 and 1657.

This inventory has been a crucial source of information in the refurbishment of ten of the rooms in Rembrandt's house.

more impressions

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Rembrandt's studio   Photo: Kees Hageman
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The Art Room   Photo: Kees Hageman
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The Anteroom (De Sijdelcaemer) - Rembrandt carried on his art dealing business in this elegant room, where he received his clients with a glass of chilled wine from a marble wine cooler. The walls were covered with dozens of paintings from which the client could choose.   Photo: Kirsten van Santen
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The Salon (Sael) - Rembrandt used this room as a living room and bedroom. In 17th-century Holland it was customary to live and sleep in the same room. There were no bedrooms as we know them at that time. Rembrandt slept with Saskia in a box bed near the door. We know from his drawings what this part of the room looked like.
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Rembrandt, Christ before Pilate, 1636 - Etching
Pilate, though not convinced of Jesus' guilt, had him scourged. The soldiers then placed a crown of thorns on Jesus' head, dressed him in a purple robe and mocked him as king of the Jews. Pilate finally gave in to the crowd's demand that Christ should be crucified.
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The Entrance Hall (Het Voorhuys)   Photo: Kirsten van Santen
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Paint preparation demonstrations are free of charge and take place in Rembrandt's former graphic workshop
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Rembrandt's Kitchen (Rembrandts keuken)   Photo: Kirsten van Santen
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Rembrandt, Self-portrait with Saskia, 1636 - Etching
In this double portrait Rembrandt has depicted himself drawing, or possibly in the process of making an etching. Beside him sits his wife Saskia van Uylenburgh, whom he had married two years earlier.
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