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Houseboat Museum (Woonboot Museum)

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Address: Opposite Prinsengracht 296, 1016 HW Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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+31 20 427 0750
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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very nice, small museum

as some one who loves boats/boating and anything water I had to check this out. The man who owns in Ives in his own houseboat down the canal a little and a scale model is on... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

as some one who loves boats/boating and anything water I had to check this out. The man who owns in Ives in his own houseboat down the canal a little and a scale model is on display in this house boat museum. It is located just down the road from the Anne Frank House. The boat is small and has... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love caravans and small spaces so I am fascinated about how the Dutch live on house boats. This little houseboat museum is literally that, a houseboat with information etc. A lovely detour from the bigger museums and only costs Eur4.50 or free with "I am Amsterdam" card.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We actually were pretty excited to get inside one of the houseboats on the canals as these look really cool. However, this was more of a history lesson on this specific boat than informing about more modern houseboats. The lady was very nice and it was only about $5 to get in. We were there about 15 minutes and got... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

My boyfriend has been trying to convince me to buy and live on a tug boat converted into a houseboat. This gave me a really good idea of what it is like to live on a houseboat and got me thinking about way to make it work for us.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

It is so nice to see the inside of a typical houseboat and understand how life differs living on the canal. It's inexpensive to go inside and lovely to see how life is on a boat. Every available space is used and there is no clutter around - what is necessary exists and what is not necessary - just isn't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

I really did not know what to expect from this museum but I was very pleasantly surprised. My teenage kids absolutely love this and thought it was great fun especially the clogs. I've never been in a houseboat so did not know what to expect and I was very surprised by all the space within. Houseboats are just as expensive... More 

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Costs 5Euros but is included in the "I Amsterdam" pass. It's one houseboat which you visit. There's a lot of information given and the man there is happy to talk to you and answer questions. Interesting to see what the inside of one of these boats is like.

Thank Sarah N
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

On the busiest canal, Prinsengracht, you find this houseboat you can visit for a fee. Good for children.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

This is a very short but extremely interesting visit. The curator of the museum really does go out of his way to explain how the boat used to work the canals, what was involved in the conversion to the housebaot and how the people used to work and live on the boat. It was a thoroughly worthwhile visit and very... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

What a jewel !! As the canals of Amsterdam are lined with houseboats, it was exciting to get to board one (built in 1914) and see how others live. Had a super discussion with the girl onboard about winterizing water and sewage lines against the cold, and mooring costs. Great fun !!

Thank Susan S

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