The Cat Cabinet, Amsterdam

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#34 of 118 in Museums in Amsterdam
The KattenKabinet is an art museum in Amsterdam devoted to works depicting cats. The museum collection includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and other works of art by Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Corneille, Sal Meijer, Théophile Steinlen, and Jože Ciuha, among others.The museum is housed in a canalside building at Herengracht 497, in the grand Gouden Bocht of this canal. The owner lives on the second floor of the building with his family. There are some cats in the museum as well.HistoryThe house and the adjacent building at Herengracht 499 were built in 1667 for the patrician brothers Willem and Adriaen van Loon. Through the luck of the draw, Willem was given the house at number 497. Later, the house was inhabited by Amsterdam mayor Jan Calkoen and Amsterdam pensionary Engelbert François van Berckel, among others. John Adams visited Van Berckel at the house during his time as U.S. ambassador to the Dutch republic.In 1985, the building was restored, and in 1990 the museum was founded by Bob Meijer in memory of his red tomcat John Pierpont Morgan (named after the American banker J. P. Morgan).
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  • Honestly don’t waste your money , went with a huge car enthusiast but was greatly disappointed , unless you love unusual feline art like sculptures or photographs and quotes of famous people’s...  more »
  • Curious little exhibition dedicated to man's furry, enigmatic companion, the cat. The collection is laid out on a single floor, a few rooms stuffed with cat related memorabilia and curiosa. The...  more »
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  • This was the best part of the whole trip! Forget the Rembrandt and the Van Gogh it's all about the kitties with me. Loved every moment of this special place dedicated to the best pet you could possibly get, the cat! A must for any cat loving person. one man's life of loving cats and collecting everything to do with them, in his own home! Also there are 6 real life cats too, we only found 4 though.
  • Nothing very exciting. There is only one floor of with a little garden. The rooms are quite nice but it is mainly pictures of people with cats. If you are really into cats this might be fun but on average not very special. Furthermore, there are only 2 real cats

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