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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 1 week ago

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

Thank Vaclav K
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

Thank 316Wez
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Recommended by a friend. Definitely worth a visit to learn about the development of Amsterdam's buildings, trade no canals system.An audio tour and some personal imput from the very pleasant, very well informed, multi lingual staff in a beautiful house. Great models and visuals to...More

Thank Penny F
Reviewed 7 November 2017

I would put this as one of my "top things to see in Amsterdam". An insight into how the development of the city started and grew.

Thank Daryl M
Reviewed 1 November 2017

We went to Amsterdam with our 7 year old son - knew he wouldn't be into the big, fancy museums but this one looked small and manageable so we gave it a try. What an amazing museum! So glad we went. Great for adults and...More

Thank jxcummings8
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

This museum surprised us a lot! Very interesting. Totally recommended! You will be provided with an audio guide and you’ll discover a lot of canal & houses construction and Amsterdam enlargement.

Thank Marina K
Reviewed 24 October 2017

This is a very small museum (like 3-4 rooms small) that charges as much as many of the larger ones. It is located on a quiet street on Herengracht, about 10-15 walk from the Palace or Anne Frank's Museum. The exhibits on how the canals...More

Thank joylama
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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