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Het Grachtenhuis

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Address: Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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+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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We live on a canal boat in England and so we thought it would be cool to go to a museum about the canals of Amsterdam during our stay there. It wasn't exactly what wed expected it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum suggests presenting a lot of information about the typical houses along the Amsterdam canal ring but it is not much. Especially if you know the city , even a little there is not a lot of (new) information. The Amsterdam Museum hass more to offer and the same ca be said for traditional houses that are turned into... More 

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We live on a canal boat in England and so we thought it would be cool to go to a museum about the canals of Amsterdam during our stay there. It wasn't exactly what wed expected it but it was interesting, informative and enjoyable nonetheless. It was an amazing building and I was really pleased to get to see inside... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Het Grachtenhuis, or Canal House museum is very unique in that it is dedicated to the history of the actual canals in the city. Through modern, interactive exhibits you learn how the the canals were built and how they grew and changed over time to meet the needs and demands of Amsterdam. Films, slide shows, 3D photos and holograms, models,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were interested in understanding the infrastructure of Amsterdam, how the city came to be built with so many canals. This museum delivers the info in a very succinct and understandable way. It gave us a great overview of the history of the city and how it was built. The delivery is done in a few different methods making it... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stumbled on this while looking for the Van Loon. This was particularly good for children as it showed the history of Amsterdam and it's houses in an interesting way. We all loved the room with the model of the house. This gave an insight into both old and modern Amsterdam. Around the walls were spy holes to look at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is a gem, and I highly recommend you go. Set in a historic, well appointed canal house, this museum successfully tells the story of the urban planning and construction of Amsterdam's canal neighborhoods. The museum leverages perhaps the finest use of audio-visual presentation I have ever seen in a historical museum. The 40 minute presentation, during which you... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can skip this and not miss anything. This is a tourist trap and an attempt to use AV and models as a masquerade for education. The Amsterdam museum tells you more about the city than anything you'll find here. I'm not usually so harsh, but this may be the only place I've visited here (over several trips) and felt... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stumbled on this place by chance and I'm so glad! The story of the Amsterdam canals is told as you make your way from room to room, with charming and interesting presentation. I loved the room with a sandy floor, to demonstrate the difficulties of building on a sandy seabed, and especially the room with the big 'doll house'... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Het Grachtenhuis is a small museum about the building of the outer ring of canals in the 17th century. It is a well-illustrated display with models, video and audio dramatizations. It is appropriately housed in a canal house along one of the very canals being described.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

if you visit amsterdam then you need to give this place a visit. truly is one of a kind place in europe. many bars, coffee shops and you know will be found in this area. really is a cool place to hangout and watch the hundreds of tourist that flock to this area day and night.

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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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