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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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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 via mobile

We had an awesome afternoon in this museum. Learned a lot and it's not too long. Perfect for 1-2 hours. Very kind staff

Thank Jilke S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an interesting little museum which tells the story of Amsterdam's canals through audio-visual presentations. You get a personal audio-guide in your own language and use it to listen to the information given in the first room. The second room re-enacts (in speech and...More

Thank Nodrog47
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Museum which keeps you engaged from start to the very end. Enjoyed the whole museum. Liked the idea if headphones guiding you through the whole exhibition. Worth to pay 12€

Thank Jirka V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was expecting to see a whole lot of information and displays about the canals in Amsterdam. Instead there are 2 multimedia presentations and a few maps etc that talk more about the city growth and not much about the canal system, the locks and...More

Thank ZenHealer7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Museum could equally be about the development of the Canal house, as it concerns this rather more then the engineering associated with the canal construction. But this is a fascinating insight into the how and the why of this aspect of Amsterdam's town planning....More

Thank Kevin T
Reviewed 13 August 2017

This is an excellent place to visit - really informative but with fun exhibits for all the family to enjoy. You move from room to room at a timed slot and the different rooms have interactive scenes with movement, lights and sound. There is a...More

Thank Alison G
Reviewed 26 July 2017

The museum of the canals is a good overview of how and why the canals were built. The audio tour takes you through a step by step of how they expanded the city by building the canals, and how the canals and homes were built....More

Thank MelissaMSA
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

We loved this museum even though it didn't cover what we were looking for, which was an explanation of how the canals fit into land reclamation. What this museum is really about is city planning during the period when the ring canals were built. If...More

1  Thank syzygymfl
Reviewed 12 July 2017

The topic of the museum is very interesting, also the museum has worked on multimedia a lot to make a modern museum. However, the second part of the museum remains weak. It offers too little information. Probably the most informative section is the room nr...More

Thank Heikych
Reviewed 12 July 2017

We were interested to know about the building of the canals however it shows more about the expansion of the city and the society therein.

Thank m p
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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