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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 2 October 2017

This is such a cool little museum, where you learn a lot about how the houses along the canals are built, in addition to how Amsterdam has expanded and developed along the years. The people who work here are really knowledgeable and nice, and they...More

Thank Aurora B
Reviewed 19 September 2017

We visited this using our Amsterdam city card. It was informative and interesting. We really liked the quirky nature of some of the exhibits and the huge model of Amsterdam was amazing. Would recommend it for families with kids age 7upwards. Be aware it doesn't...More

1  Thank 47SLS
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

A neat way to tell the history of Amsterdam's growth. Good use of interactive movies and there's holograms in the model house.

Thank Craig R
Reviewed 10 September 2017 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 September 2017

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

1  Thank Nodrog47
Reviewed 31 August 2017 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 27 August 2017

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 18 August 2017

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 12 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
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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