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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 4 weeks ago

This is a small museum based in a fabulous old typical canal house. There is great use of interactive technology as it leads you through Amsterdam's history and how the city grew to its present day size through the ingenious use of the canals. If...More

Thank Jon C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An intimate, though distinguished, house presents the story of Amsterdam. The growth of the City was unlocked by the canal development of the early 1600's, and the imaginative interactive displays and models make the material very accessible. I would have liked to learn more about...More

Thank Dave D
Reviewed 21 May 2017

I prefer small, specialized museums to the behemoths, and this museum certainly fits the bill. You can spend an hour or two here and emerge feeling you have a much better handle on Amsterdam's architecture and evolution. PROS: -Amazing use of projection technology in the...More

2  Thank meredithandmarley
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This museum provides a good overview of the city's history and its construction. Its exhibits are particularly well put together if you're interested in bringing kids to this museum. My only complaint was its size - the museum in total is only about 4-5 rooms...More

Thank vichy
Reviewed 13 May 2017

We loved this best of all. Not typical of a museum but the planning and bulding of Amsterdam comes alive here. It is a must see. Great gift shop too..

Thank AHS4
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Engaging, informative, multi-sensory; what more could you ask for in a museum. I highly recommend this gem.

Thank badohio0303
Reviewed 30 April 2017

If you expect to find historical interiors with period furniture, furnishings and artefacts, you will be disappointed, as we were. This 'museum' consists almost entirely of an audio-visual 'experience' describing the historical development and building of the city of Amsterdam, and even as such it...More

Thank Richard P
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Small but very interactive museum where you can learn a little of the history of Amsterdam and canal construction. I really enjoyed the various mini ‘shows’ and in particular the massive interactive dolls house! The model of Amsterdam was pretty impressive too – down to...More

Thank Laura T
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Not on the museum card, but definitely worth shelling out the cash for a ticket. Incredibly interesting and well done, considering the space that they have. A must see for any visitor to Amsterdam.

Thank Anne W
Reviewed 23 April 2017

We might well have missed this if it wasn't on our I AM AMSTERDAM ticket( travel and attractions purchased at Central Station) . This is a small but insightful museum, imaginatively presented to introduce visitors to Amsterdam and its canals - not overly detailed or...More

Thank Nhiggins
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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