Living Horse Museum - De Hollandse Manege in Amsterdam

Horse Museum BuildingIt is easy to overlook this building hidden behind 19th C.  townhouse close to Amsterdam central park - the Vondelpark. Despite the fact that De Hollandse Manege – the Dutch Riding School is well visible from the Overtoom Street (at no. 187), there is no access to it from this side. While a bit hidden, The Living Horse Museum is a still active horse riding school, established in 1744. Because centuries ago the school was one of the largest covered spaces in the city, it is at the Manege (then yet on another location) that 10 years old child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart concerted in January of 1766.

The building

The beautiful historic building of the De Hollandsche Manege was built in 1882 in neoclassical style, inspired by the Winter Riding School (Winterreitschule) of the famous Spanish Riding School (Spanische Hofreitschule ) in Vienna. The Hollandsche Manege building was thoroughly renovated in 1986 and is very well preserved. The school has a big main riding hall, another smaller hall, and a foyer with a balcony above to observe the riders and old stables for 35 horses and 15 ponies. The school had originally a carriage house located at its back, demolished in 1969.
The 19th C. atmosphere has been preserved in remaining buildings in all its glory. Today, because of the demands from the animal protection movement, horses from De Hollandsche Manege may also ride outside the school, in the parts of the nearby Vondelpark.

Horse Museum Riding HallThe feel

An old riding school near the city old center, still active. The name of the museum says it all – apart from the building and living horses, there is not much more to visit. A cup of a good coffee or a small meal at the foyer and a projection of a short film complete the show. Even so, the atmosphere of the place is unique and the museum may be a great fun for horse lovers and kids.

The building is wheelchair accessible including the foyer.

Opening hours

Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:00 to 17:00 and on weekends from 11:00 to 17:00.

Entry tickets

12+: €12,50
Children 3 - 12: €8
Small children up to the age of 3: free
Groups (from 10 visitors): €5 per person

A guided tour is possible on appointment for extra price.

Horse Museum Interior

Other services

It is possible to enjoy tasty coffee or tea in the museum's second floor foyer and a short movie screening about De Hollandsche Manege. Horse-riding lessons at the Manege are available. Flash photography in the riding school is not allowed. The museum has a small shop - Hollandsche Winkel - which sells souvenirs. It is not allowed to feed horses with food. In addition it is not allowed to enter the stable stands. Under the guidance of an instructor, you can rent a horse to ride in the forest. The museum has been expanded with a number of rooms that tell the history of the building and horse riding.

How to get there

Walking: 10 minutes from the Leidseplein
By public transport:  from Central Station - tram 1, bus 353; exit on stop Overtoom, walk to Vondelstraat – the street parallel to Overtoom; walk along Vondelstraat to reach no.140
from other spots in the city - also trams 3, 12
By car: from the Ring A10 take an exit S106 direction Centrum/Oud West, on the roundabout stay to the right and immediately after, before the bridge (Overtoomse Sluis), stay on the left, take left after the bridge, drive to the number 187 on Overtoom – you are at the gate of Hollandse Manege, but this entry is always closed you will have to walk to the front entry from Vondelstraat; look for a parking place: metered parking at €4 an hour, walk to the Vondelstraat – first street right and again right parallel to Overtoom


Living Horse Museum - De Hollandse Manege in Amsterdam
Vondelstraat 140
1054 GT   Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 20 6180942

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