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White Whale Amsterdam

Keizersgracht 453, 1017 DK Amsterdam



Monday:       12:00-19:00

Tuesday:       11:00-19:00

Wednesday: 11:00-19:00

Thursday:     12:00-21:00

Friday:           11:00-19:00

Saturday:      11:00-19:00

Sunday:        11:00-19:00

About the location

National monument

The shop is located in monumental building. It's a canal house with a neck gable on the northeastern side of the Keizersgracht, between Leidsegracht and Leidsestraat. It is a national monument of "very high value" and "national distinction" according to the Dutch Cultural Heritage agency.  It was built in 1669. 

Cornelis van Gogh

Cornelis Marinus van Gogh (1826–1908), uncle of the famous artist Vincent van Gogh, moved his bookshop here in 1871. "Uncle Cor" originally worked at his brother Hein's bookshop and his brother's art gallery. He set up his own bookshop and art dealership (1849), before moving to the Keizersgracht. The more famous, younger Vincent, paid a visit to the shop several times. The bookshop here remained until around Cornelis' death. 

At some time during the 1910s the house was split up into multiple spaces for a shop, offices, and residences. Over the years many famous and important people had an office or residence here. 

Mr. Antonius Reinoud Wilhelmus Maria Dunselman had his office or possibly residence here (1932).  Mr. Dunselman was the loyal lawyer of Otto Frank, Anne Frank's father. In early 1935 he was appointed supervisory director of Mr. Frank's company Opekta when the laws came into effect prohibiting Jewish ownership of companies.  

Keizersgracht 453