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Het Grachtenhuis

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Address: Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 421 1656
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Museum Het Grachtenhuis (The Canal House) is the natural starting point for...

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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My visit to Het Grachtenhuis

Can i say what a lovely small museum about the birth of Amsterdam and how they built the canals . Looks like a house from the outside but as you go in you will be rewarded with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Can i say what a lovely small museum about the birth of Amsterdam and how they built the canals . Looks like a house from the outside but as you go in you will be rewarded with this innovative way of lights and music and holograms figures ..Very clever, A tad awkward to find but persevere, You will receive a... More 

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Province of Padua, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I got the chance to see this museum, that I named: Amsterdam for dummies. The reason is, because this museum explains in such a clear and simple way how Amsterdam grew up and developed during centuries. Through the visit, you will find settings that will at the same time entertain you and explain you a lot of things, in a... More 

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Ajijic, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

A must to truly understand the birth of this magnificent gem of a city. Get ready to be surprised by this multimedia gem.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

A small but perfectly formed museum in the back canals. The audio guide is informative and innovative. The use of video and music is great. The dolls house with different eras in each room is very clever and the room explaining how the city council decided on the expansion of the city was interesting. We weren't expecting much but they... More 

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Dillingen, Bayern, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This museum makes use of the most modern media and 3D projection techniques to captivate your imagination and transport you into the lives, houses and the development of old Amsterdam. Plus it is a beautiful house in itself, with a very well-made audioguide system and a young, very helpful staff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Small but very interactive museum where you can learn a little of the history of Amsterdam in about an hour. It focuses on the expansion of the city and also how the typical houses are built and organized inside. Doesn't require long standing periods as you can enjoy most of the exhibition while sitting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

It only takes an hour or so to run through the tour which tells you about the history of how and why the canal ring was built and a little bit about the construction of the city. The models are great and it's a good introduction to amsterdam. It's not too complicated or too long so very child friendly. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Visited this museum at the beginning of our stay in Amsterdam to learn about canals. We got way more out of it than we expected! It is a wonderful interactive museum where you learn all about the history of Amsterdam and why/how/when the canals were built. Only took about 45 minutes to go through the whole thing: small but very... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

As the museum of canals I expected a lot more. For instance I'd love to see some animations showing how the lock gates are used to flush the canals or protect Amsterdam from high tides. Perhaps leading to the modern gate systems. But no. We get a very simple audiovisual about early days of Amsterdam. Followed by another on the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

This museum was near the top of my list. It was a wonderful combination of Amsterdam history and canal construction. The self guided tour took you from the building of the first dam on the Amstel up to today. They have a very detailed display (you are standing in sand!) of how they build the canals and set the poles... More 

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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 include the Anne Frank House, the Bloemenmarkt floating flower market, an enviable assortment of independent boutiques along De Negen Straatjes, and of course all of Grachtengordel’s lovely canals and bridges.
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