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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)
Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 421 1656
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Reviewed 3 days ago

On a rainy New Years Eve we ended up here to stay dry and were surprised and impressed. The whole museum is interactive with varying displays in each room and covers the history behind Amsterdam's urban planning and unique building style. The way it is...More

Thank Rosie H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tho not too big, the museum gives plenty of information. The audioguide, a variety of animation, and the creatively designed displays made the experience fun and interesting. Good for people of all ages and definitely recommended!

Thank Martyna S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tour is about an hour ! It is relatively short but concise to know about the history behind the building of Amsterdam Canals and their houses. It comes with complimentary audio guide and also a guide for selected rooms. Audio guide and the guide...More

Thank sheph3rd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is small, but packed with information, very well presented. It had plenty of information, but was still fun, gave just the right level of detail, taught history but brought the info to the future. We spent 80 minutes, which was also just right....More

Thank Jana B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is small museum located in a canal side house. The museum has been very carefully designed and makes the most of its story, which it tells by audio visual displays and some excellent models. The town house is particularly clever. An excellent place to...More

Thank rhandlb
Reviewed 4 December 2017

The museum has in total 5 rooms (only!) that take you to the history in the audiovisual form. There is not too much to read, all is played for you form audiovisual guide that is fully automatic. You learn a bit of the history of...More

1  Thank Vaclav K
Reviewed 2 December 2017

More a five part guided audio tour than a walk around museum, it shows the development of Amsterdam's canals and their role in the city.

Thank KMChicago
Reviewed 29 November 2017

A great museum to briefly give you an idea about the Amsterdam canals layout and what you can't see just moving around the streets and canals. You can understand why and how the city grew and reached the current city center layout. IT is a...More

Thank Claudio_Ivrea
Reviewed 16 November 2017

This museum makes use of the latest audio/visual techniques to show a history of the canal building. However, there are no artefacts and absolutely nothing about water management either in the past or in the present. My visit was to establish how the whole system...More

1  Thank 316Wez
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Totally worth it and a must see. I am not very much in museum usually and I get bored fairly quickly but I enjoyed every minute and wish it was a bit longer. Bring your kids they'll love it ! Very original and entertaining. A...More

Thank fredinlangkawi
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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