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Het Grachtenhuis

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Address: Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number:
+31 20 421 1656
Today
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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I am a tour guide in Amsterdam, and so have been to lots of museums, this might be my favorite. If you're only going to one museum.....there might be better options for you, but... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Berkeley, California
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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I am a tour guide in Amsterdam, and so have been to lots of museums, this might be my favorite. If you're only going to one museum.....there might be better options for you, but if you have a little time to spare, I can't recommend this place highly enough. Not an art museum, or even a true museum by many... More 

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CaptRandall
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very well done bringing the history of the development of the city and canals alive. I love the effective yet simple design of the exhibits that guide you through the building of this amazing city of canals. I would have loved to learn more about how the canals are maintained - the flushing and cleaning. Maybe a bit on the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

I loved my visit here. The museum offers interactive presentation on history of the canals in Amsterdam. Each presentations are fun to follow and beautiful as well at the same time. My favorite is the room with canal houses and a miniature of canal house with light display on it. Totally awesome and well thought! I visited the museum with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Can i say what a lovely small museum about the birth of Amsterdam and how they built the canals . Looks like a house from the outside but as you go in you will be rewarded with this innovative way of lights and music and holograms figures ..Very clever, A tad awkward to find but persevere, You will receive a... More 

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Province of Padua, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

I got the chance to see this museum, that I named: Amsterdam for dummies. The reason is, because this museum explains in such a clear and simple way how Amsterdam grew up and developed during centuries. Through the visit, you will find settings that will at the same time entertain you and explain you a lot of things, in a... More 

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Ajijic, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

A must to truly understand the birth of this magnificent gem of a city. Get ready to be surprised by this multimedia gem.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

A small but perfectly formed museum in the back canals. The audio guide is informative and innovative. The use of video and music is great. The dolls house with different eras in each room is very clever and the room explaining how the city council decided on the expansion of the city was interesting. We weren't expecting much but they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This museum makes use of the most modern media and 3D projection techniques to captivate your imagination and transport you into the lives, houses and the development of old Amsterdam. Plus it is a beautiful house in itself, with a very well-made audioguide system and a young, very helpful staff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Small but very interactive museum where you can learn a little of the history of Amsterdam in about an hour. It focuses on the expansion of the city and also how the typical houses are built and organized inside. Doesn't require long standing periods as you can enjoy most of the exhibition while sitting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

It only takes an hour or so to run through the tour which tells you about the history of how and why the canal ring was built and a little bit about the construction of the city. The models are great and it's a good introduction to amsterdam. It's not too complicated or too long so very child friendly. It... More 

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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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