The cat cabinet of Amsterdam is hidden behind the imposing facade of a canal house from 1667: The highlight: since 1990, the unusual museum has only presented exhibits dealing with cats - among them well-known artists such as Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec or Corneille. Whether sculptures, paintings or books - the role of the cat over time in art and culture is shown. A paradise for cat lovers and therefore a hot tip for the next vacation.
Cats and art?
The cat cabinet was built in the 1990s by Bob Meijer, a wealthy Dutchman who wanted to preserve the memory of his cat in this way. John Pierpont Morgan (named after the American financier J.P. Morgan) was the name of the red cat who lived from 1966 to 1983. The Katzenkabinett is not only a real insider tip for tourists and cat lovers who go on holiday in Amsterdam, but also for museum fans: a few years ago a catalog was even published, which is now considered a collector's item.
The cat cabinet over time
The "KattenKabinet", the Dutch name, is located in a villa at Herengracht 497 in Amsterdam. The house was built in 1667 by the brothers William and Adrian van Loon, later it was used by Amsterdam Mayor Jan Calkoen, among others. In 1985 the building was extensively restored. While the lower floor with five rooms is dedicated to cat lovers, the house owner lives with his family on the second floor. The classically decorated floor of the cat cabinet is a real feast for the eyes: the ballroom dates from around 1750 and is adorned with a crystal chandelier and wall appliqués. The music room was designed around 1870 and features beautiful ceiling paintings. In 2004 the building even served as the location for the Hollywood film "Ocean's Twelve". By the way, five fur noses are part of the inventory and live in the house.
Opening times and prices
If you would like to take a look at the cats' cabinet during your vacation in Amsterdam, you should bring some time with you, because the large library with all its browse invites you to spend a little longer. Opening times, prices and possible discounts for groups can be found on the website of the Katzenkabinett, which is also available in English.
Travel with the cat: pet ID is required
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With its extensive collection of thematically matching exhibits, the Katzenkabinett in Amsterdam not only offers a special experience for museum lovers in general, but above all for big and small cat lovers - the ideal tip for your vacation.