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Museum of the Canals

Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 421 1656
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Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
+31 20 421 1656
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Reviewed 24 March 2017

Well worth starting here before visiting other canal related sights eg merchants houses, houseboat museum, cruise, Rembrandt house etc. It gives a comprehensive overview of the history and development of the city and canals through a range of medium. For once the computer graphics all...More

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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

The pictures provided by others say what sort of experience this is. I would just like to add due to the great staff they make you feel special. You can tell they love their job. OK for us it was quite quiet but I bet...More

Thank Tracy R
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Nearly walked past the building until we spotted the sign. Gorgeous building and the staff were really friendly. Was expecting a normal museum but what there is is a lot better. The audio-tour that you get is fantastic. Most of the exhibits are very interactive...More

Thank Mart_bmes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I both enjoyed our visit to Het Grachtenhuis. Perhaps not the most in-depth history lesson but worthwhile nonetheless.

Thank Philip W
Reviewed 23 February 2017

This museum suggests presenting a lot of information about the typical houses along the Amsterdam canal ring but it is not much. Especially if you know the city , even a little there is not a lot of (new) information. The Amsterdam Museum hass more...More

Thank werdlerswereld
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We live on a canal boat in England and so we thought it would be cool to go to a museum about the canals of Amsterdam during our stay there. It wasn't exactly what wed expected it but it was interesting, informative and enjoyable nonetheless....More

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Het Grachtenhuis, or Canal House museum is very unique in that it is dedicated to the history of the actual canals in the city. Through modern, interactive exhibits you learn how the the canals were built and how they grew and changed over time to...More

Thank Jerry-AMS_Calling
Reviewed 18 February 2017

We were interested in understanding the infrastructure of Amsterdam, how the city came to be built with so many canals. This museum delivers the info in a very succinct and understandable way. It gave us a great overview of the history of the city and...More

Thank happyinutopia
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

We stumbled on this while looking for the Van Loon. This was particularly good for children as it showed the history of Amsterdam and it's houses in an interesting way. We all loved the room with the model of the house. This gave an insight...More

Thank Emma E
Reviewed 11 February 2017

This place is a gem, and I highly recommend you go. Set in a historic, well appointed canal house, this museum successfully tells the story of the urban planning and construction of Amsterdam's canal neighborhoods. The museum leverages perhaps the finest use of audio-visual presentation...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
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