Nieuwe Haven 30
3311 AP Dordrecht
Phone: +31 (0)78 770 8708
The museum is the house of the banker and collector Simon van Gijn who lived there from 1864 until his death in 1922. Van Gijn left the house and most of his collections to the Old Dordrecht Society. His wish was for the collections to be made publicly accessible and for his home to be converted into a museum, maintaining the interior in its original state as much as possible.
The house has been open to the public since 1925. Alongside interiors dating back to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, the museum also has a splendid collection of arts and crafts, a toy collection (in the attic) and an extensive collection of history prints and drawings, known as the Van Gijn Atlas.
Between 1999 and 2001 the museum underwent thorough restoration to return the building to the state it was in when Van Gijn lived there.