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Museum of the Canals

Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 421 1656
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Museum Het Grachtenhuis (The Canal House) is the natural starting point for visitors to Amsterdam. It is located in one of the most beautiful canalside houses. Het Grachtenhuis introduces visitors to one of the best city development projects in the world: the 17th-century canals of Amsterdam. During your visit to the multimedia, interactive exhibition, you will travel in 40 minutes through 400 years of history.
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Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
+31 20 421 1656
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My Honeybee and me were taking a walk down the Gentleman's canal and found this jewel; a gorgeous canal house with an interactive exhibit showing the inception and expansion of Amsterdam and our lil' old country the USA. Delightfully informative the exhibits explain why some...More

Thank Amsterdaman
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this very lively and engaging museum which is setup where you follow a course systematically leading from one room to the next. The first room is an engaging and informative 3D introduction to the history of Amsterdam (see photo)....More

Thank Cynthia362
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Colorful and accessible tour of the development of the canals and neighborhoods. Great for kids. Very lively. We had hoped to find a tour of the canals from a hydrological engineering point of view--a hard hat tour into the canal structure. This was not that.

Thank sarahlala0514
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is such a cool little museum, where you learn a lot about how the houses along the canals are built, in addition to how Amsterdam has expanded and developed along the years. The people who work here are really knowledgeable and nice, and they...More

Thank Aurora B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this using our Amsterdam city card. It was informative and interesting. We really liked the quirky nature of some of the exhibits and the huge model of Amsterdam was amazing. Would recommend it for families with kids age 7upwards. Be aware it doesn't...More

1  Thank 47SLS
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A neat way to tell the history of Amsterdam's growth. Good use of interactive movies and there's holograms in the model house.

Thank Craig R
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We had an awesome afternoon in this museum. Learned a lot and it's not too long. Perfect for 1-2 hours. Very kind staff

Thank Jilke S
Reviewed 2 September 2017

This is an interesting little museum which tells the story of Amsterdam's canals through audio-visual presentations. You get a personal audio-guide in your own language and use it to listen to the information given in the first room. The second room re-enacts (in speech and...More

1  Thank Nodrog47
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Museum which keeps you engaged from start to the very end. Enjoyed the whole museum. Liked the idea if headphones guiding you through the whole exhibition. Worth to pay 12€

Thank Jirka V
Reviewed 27 August 2017

I was expecting to see a whole lot of information and displays about the canals in Amsterdam. Instead there are 2 multimedia presentations and a few maps etc that talk more about the city growth and not much about the canal system, the locks and...More

Thank ZenHealer7
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is as historically
significant as it is perennially popular. Whether
you’re a history buff, architecture enthusiast,
shutterbug, or fashionista, odds are you’ll find the
Amsterdam you're looking for while roaming around the
Grachtengordel (Canal Ring). A brilliant place to get
lost in a moody meander and a key component to any
sightseeing trip to Amsterdam, this area's major draws
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