Museum of the Canals
Museum of the Canals
4.5
Speciality MuseumsArt MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Grachtenmuseum Amsterdam (The Museum of the Canals) is the starting point for visitors to Amsterdam! It is located in one of the most beautiful canalside houses. Grachtenmuseum Amsterdam 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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Neighbourhood: Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
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  • Kirsten S
    236 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great intro to the history of the city
    The building that houses the museum is stunning, really. The audio tour is very informative and the exhibition is beautifully curated. The quiet gardens are beautiful, we sat out there for a while after our tour. We learned a lot and it was the perfect place to visit on our first day in Amsterdam, gave a really great understanding about how the city came to be how it is today. Definitely recommend this if you’re interested in the history behind the canals.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 29 July 2023
  • CoachJDC
    Bethesda, Maryland130 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting insights into the canals that define Amsterdam
    The museum is in a house that is Tucktaway in one of the neighborhoods of Amsterdam. It takes about an hour for the entire tour, and it is self guided with audio assistive devices. I found the information to three dimensionalize the canals. How and why they were developed and what the current and future challenges will be for the canal system in Amsterdam Cost is about €17
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 October 2023
  • CathG72
    London, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A little gem of a museum
    Visited the Canal museum on a rainy day with my 13 year old daughter. Was not as busy as many of the other museums we visited in Amsterdam which was refreshing. It is set in a stunning building with a beautiful garden. We both absolutely loved our visit, especially the interactive displays and innovative journey you are taken on through the history of Amsterdam. Highly recommend.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 October 2023
  • VirginiaGal
    Arlington, Virginia275 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Clever bite-sized museum
    Informative, bite-size museum that explains how Amsterdam was built. Unusual format for a museum. Money well spent on this museum. Try the quiz in the lobby waiting area before you go on the tour.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 December 2023
  • Nimrod104
    Harpenden, United Kingdom324 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great immersive museum
    What a find! Really informative and immersive history of Amsterdam and its canals. We spent an hour there and thoroughly enjoyed it. Well worth spending the time and the money. It’s not large but really well thought out with models of houses and canals.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 December 2023
  • Kenneth M.
    80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming and informative museum
    This little museum tells the story of Amsterdam’s canals and its beautiful houses. The museum has some very well done virtual displays, informative videos, and interactive models. This is my third visit to Amsterdam, and I feel as though I learned more in the hour I spent here at this museum, than on other tours previously.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 January 2024
  • Sandra C
    Manchester, United Kingdom25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely little museum
    Lovely little museum takes about 1 hour 15 to see everything. Everything is present in a really innovative way. Not a huge amount of information but I really enjoy it. Helpful staff. Do the quiz in the waiting room while you wait.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 January 2024
  • helen l
    Ascot, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An essential museum for any visitor to amsterdam.
    An essential museum for any visitor to Amsterdam. We were told about this at the Houseboat museum otherwise would have completely missed this. It’s a very informative guided presentation that helps explain the history of the canals and then helps you to machinâtes and find your way around Amsterdam a lot better as a result!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 February 2024
  • Reisiger1223
    Leonberg, Germany537 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to understand Amsterdam’s historical development
    This museum provides a great overview of the city and the canals that made her famous. Visitors are led from one room to the next, covering a variety of topics, to include the history of the building that houses the museum. If you’re at all interested in the history of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and/or canals/inland shipping then you should add this museum to your visit list. Note: visitors are provided an audio guide in a variety of languages, so language barriers are not an issue.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 April 2024
  • Almostgreynomad
    Sydney, Australia1,120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely fascinating !
    I wanted to try and understand the construction of the canals and the reclamation of land, that allowed Amsterdam to happen. Really interesting tour. It was quiet, I found it so fascinating, I asked if I could go back through for a second time .....
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 April 2024
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David J
Savannah, GA3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Interesting history of the growth of the city and building of the canals. Also provides a good opportunity to look around a building and gardens on one of the canals.
Written 29 May 2024
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Becky H
Hastings, UK318 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The museum consists of an audioguide and you have a timed entry with a group, with each room going into the history of the canals. The audioguide was very good and easy to use. It was fascinating to hear about how the city was designed and expanded. Would recommend a visit here to anybody who wants to more about the history of the city.
Written 26 May 2024
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Katy W
Burton upon Trent, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This museum should be a must see for anyone interested in the history of Amsterdam and it’s canals. The audio (included in admission price) and the exhibits were excellent and made the tour such a worthy experience. Highly recommended
Written 23 May 2024
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Hunter D
Orlando, FL19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This little place was actually the best thing I did in Amsterdam. Super interesting and immersive little history lesson. It runs for about 45mins and is best experienced in small groups. I went in alone and two other nice ladies were in there with me—we all came out quite impressed!

If you’re in Amsterdam to get artistic inspiration or to learn their history this is a must. It’s included in a city card plan but I would have paid for it, honestly. Highly recommend!
Written 20 May 2024
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Xtina0325
North Yorkshire, UK111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
A great small museum with a good audio tour showing the fascinating history of not just the canals but of Amsterdam itself. Really good for all ages especially the intricate small house with all the miniature details. It also has a beautiful garden at the back which you can see from the museum. It’s certainly a great place to start your sightseeing tour of Amsterdam
Written 12 May 2024
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Steven S
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Great small museum that you can tour in under an hour. Gives an excellent overview of the history of the city as well as the construction of the canals. Covers the full range of the topic from before the 1600’s through the golden age up to the present. Uses an audio guide to narrate the tour and exhibits. Highly recommended.
Written 22 April 2024
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Ben C
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This little museum is great. It's not so much a history of the canals, more the history of Amsterdam through the story of the canals. We learnt so much about the history of the city. The exhibits are all audio visual. The large model house is intricate and beautiful. There are 5 guided rooms. Really recommend this.
Written 10 April 2024
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Almostgreynomad
Sydney, Australia1,120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I wanted to try and understand the construction of the canals and the reclamation of land, that allowed Amsterdam to happen.

Really interesting tour. It was quiet, I found it so fascinating, I asked if I could go back through for a second time .....
Written 5 April 2024
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Reisiger1223
Leonberg, Germany537 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This museum provides a great overview of the city and the canals that made her famous. Visitors are led from one room to the next, covering a variety of topics, to include the history of the building that houses the museum. If you’re at all interested in the history of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and/or canals/inland shipping then you should add this museum to your visit list. Note: visitors are provided an audio guide in a variety of languages, so language barriers are not an issue.
Written 4 April 2024
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Warren Southwell
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Very interesting history of the canals and city development. There were multimedia presentations and models. Worth the visit.
Written 31 March 2024
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