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Huis Barnaart

By Vereniging Hendrick de Keyser
1804
Empire
Haarlem
Nieuwe Gracht 7
Visit today
11:00 - 17:00 hrs
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Welcome in Museumhuis Barnaart
Visit today
11:00 - 17:00 hrs
Visit tomorrow
Closed

It was one of the most spectacular buildings commissioned during the early 1800s. Philip Barnaart appointed the architect, and talented artist, Abraham van der Hart to design and build his regal-looking city residence. All the design features, ranging from the ornate sculpture work on the façade to the interior doorknobs, carry his unmistakable signature.

The finished result was a regal, stately, almost non-Dutch-looking glorified townhouse with arguably the most beautifully maintained empire interior in the Netherlands.

Barnaart & Bonck Museum Coordinator

Pauline Dorhout

Pauline Dorhout - The Bonck Museum Coordinator

The Golden Salon

The Golden Salon is the absolute eye-catcher with its sumptuous, richly decorated interior. All the details are original and beautifully maintained.

The purple upholstered chairs were also part of the Barnaart original interior, although they have been restored and re-upholstered. It is a real show-piece intended to impress the guests. This room was the most expensive room to build. The gilding alone cost 19,000 Dutch Guilders!

It was furnished and decorated in Empire style according to the latest French fashion of the time. Napoleon Bonaparte commissioned castles and palaces in this style too.

You can see resemblances to Classical antiquity and also those of Ancient Egypt. The purple and gold interior is incredibly striking when you enter the room.

The Golden Salon
The Golden Salon

The Kitchen

There must have been commotion in the kitchen when they were entertaining. You can imagine the chef sweating over the hot pans whilst the servants were running in all directions carrying plates and serving dishes…

In 1807, Jeanette van Deelen wrote a detailed account about a grand celebration dinner that continued until the early hours in Barnaart House. She elaborately described how the evening progressed - the intricate details of the richly decorated rooms and a lengthy description of all the delicious dishes served at the table. Believe it or not, the guests were served 21 different courses!

The Kitchen Huis Barnaart
The Kitchen Huis Barnaart

Larger than life

Three separate houses had to be pulled down to accommodate this enormous house that spans 22 metres in length, is 22 metres deep and is four stories high.

The architect was Abraham van der Hart, a city architect from Amsterdam. Some of the best master craftsmen from Haarlem and Amsterdam were commissioned to work on the building and the interior. The result was a spectacular regal residence –which still stands as equally as impressive to this day. Amazingly enough, we know who these master craftsmen were as invoices for their works are still in existence.

De gevel
De hal, bij binnenkomst

The Every -day dining room

Although the house has one overall concept, each room has its own identity. They all have their specific colour palette and diverse materials and were used for each room.

For example, the anti-chamber has painted decorations on canvas, the salon is beautifully gilded, and the dining room walls decorated with imitation marble. The family rooms are much soberer than the rooms used for entertaining. The servants' quarters are yet soberer still.

The blue room with this "hypnotic" wallpaper was the dining room used by the Barnaart family daily. They had 12 children. The question is, how well-behaved were they all at the table?! Thanks to the letters that Philip Barnaart sent home from abroad to his second wife, Maria, we know that he missed his family. What sort of husband and father would he have been?

dining room
dining room

The Every -day dining room

Although the house has one overall concept, each room has its own identity. They all have their specific colour palette and diverse materials and were used for each room.

For example, the anti-chamber has painted decorations on canvas, the salon is beautifully gilded, and the dining room walls decorated with imitation marble. The family rooms are much soberer than the rooms used for entertaining. The servants' quarters are yet soberer still.

The blue room with this "hypnotic" wallpaper was the dining room used by the Barnaart family daily. They had 12 children. The question is, how well-behaved were they all at the table?! Thanks to the letters that Philip Barnaart sent home from abroad to his second wife, Maria, we know that he missed his family. What sort of husband and father would he have been?

dining room
dining room
The Barnaart House has never been open to the public regularly. During the annual Monument open-days, when the general public did have the opportunity to visit, there were always long queues of people waiting to get a glimpse inside. I am really pleased that this magnificent piece of architecture will open to the public so that everybody can enjoy its unmeasurable beauty.
Pauline Dorhout
Barnaart & Bonck Museum Coordinator
Barnaart
with love and attention

Restoration of the exquisite furniture collection.

In 2019, the furniture collection in the Golden Salon was carefully restored and re-upholstered. The furniture was unique in its time. The woodwork was gold-plated, giving it a very royal feeling, unknown in the Netherlands. After its completion, it was replicated in the Palace on the Dam in Amsterdam.

Opening hours

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Saturday Sat 11:00 - 17:00 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday Sun 11:00 - 17:00 11:00 - 17:00

Entrance fees

Adults €8
Visitors aged 12 – 26 years €5
Visitors aged under 12 free

Free entrance for:
• Huisgenoten
• BankGiro Loterij VIP-KAARThouders (alleen in 2021: 1 VIP-KAART = gratis entree voor 2 personen)

Visiting address

Huis Barnaart
Nieuwe Gracht 7
2011NB Haarlem

Practical information

For the Museumhuis we use entry time slots. Select a day and a time and we will guarantee you will not stand in front of a closed door! We also make sure that it is not too busy, and you have all the time you need to take a good look around. Reserve your time slot by clicking on the ‘ticket’ button.

We regret that the Barnaart Museumhuis is not accessible for visitors in a wheelchair.

What our visitors think

Every time I drive by on my bike, I wonder what lies behind that magestic door. I can't wait to visit!
K. Laan, Haarlem

About generosity

In furnishing this House, we have collaborated with generous donors of time and attention. Unique objects have been loaned to us, for you to enjoy.

More about the unique objects in Huis Barnaart

Een voorproefje

In deze korte video neemt Jip (cultuurvlogger van my daily shot of culture) je mee op een online rondleiding door Museumhuis Barnaart. Ze heeft het over "ongekende weelde". Nieuwsgierig?

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