We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Museum of the Canals

Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 421 1656
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Holland Pass: Best Deals in Amsterdam and Beyond
More Info
and up
I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“canal house” (39 reviews)
“dolls house” (10 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
+31 20 421 1656
Write a Review
Reviews (495)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 321 reviews

Reviewed 4 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My Honeybee and me were taking a walk down the Gentleman's canal and found this jewel; a gorgeous canal house with an interactive exhibit showing the inception and expansion of Amsterdam and our lil' old country the USA. Delightfully informative the exhibits explain why some...More

Thank Amsterdaman
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this very lively and engaging museum which is setup where you follow a course systematically leading from one room to the next. The first room is an engaging and informative 3D introduction to the history of Amsterdam (see photo)....More

Thank Cynthia362
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Colorful and accessible tour of the development of the canals and neighborhoods. Great for kids. Very lively. We had hoped to find a tour of the canals from a hydrological engineering point of view--a hard hat tour into the canal structure. This was not that.

Thank sarahlala0514
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
Nearby Restaurants
Brasserie Ambassade
925 reviews
.17 km away
Restaurant Johannes
1,057 reviews
.07 km away
Eetcafe Singel 404
478 reviews
.14 km away
Chocolaterie Pompadour
335 reviews
.12 km away
Nearby Attractions
1,829 reviews
.11 km away
Amsterdam Canal Ring
90 reviews
.05 km away
Dutch Costume Museum and Dutch Costume Photo Studio
80 reviews
.12 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Museum of the Canals staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines