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Het Grachtenhuis

Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Jordaan)
+31-204211656
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Ranked #17 of 246 Attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: Museum Het Grachtenhuis (The Canal House) is the natural starting point for visitors to Amsterdam...
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Type: Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Brinklow
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

A wonderfully presented history of the development of the canals with brilliant displays of the building processes and designs A 17th Century spec housing development really Particularly brilliant were the miniature house interiors enlivened by historic hologram figures

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Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

This museum is just great , the staff are all helpful and passionate about their subject. In the museum there are so many good exhibits and usually I get bored after a bit but NOT here . This is the place to see and learn about the fascinating way Amsterdam was founded and the canals built. Worth every Euro ,... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

A great way to spend an hour and learn how Amsterdam turned out with its net of channels. Why the first turned out were they are, and which came first! Found the place after (once again) having a desperate look at the queue by Anne Frank's house. Delighted to find no queue here.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed this visit and thought the audio presentation was clever and informative. This sets a good scene of early Amsterdam and gives you an understanding of the culture and city you see today. Would highly recommend.

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Odense, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

A fantastic exciting museo with modern presentationstechniques gives you an inview of the amazing story how Amsterdam City was developed and build.

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Vannes, France
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

After spending a couple of days and nights in the canal district of Amsterdam, we couldn't help but be curious about how they had managed to plan and construct and maintain this city "on water" from the 17th century until now. So we went to the canal museum, and there we got all the answers, in a very entertaining and... More 

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Oban, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Great place where you learn in an enjoyable, variable and relatively quick way about the city - the environment it is built on, how it was planned and current environmental challenges. Best 40 minutes spent in getting to know Amsterdam!

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

Lovely setting for this museum.Audio tour around 45mins.Tells the history of the canals and the construction of the houses and three canal rings. display of how houses are constructed and a large dolls house with hologram figures in it.Round the walls a sneaky view in to lots of the houses around the canals. Large model of the canals,buildings in Amsterdam,a... More 

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Burnaby, Canada
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47 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The story of urban development planning in 17th century Amsterdam is told via a high quality series of audio visual presentations as one moves through the house, which itself is there as a result of the planning of the rings of canals. Well worth the modest fee.

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Bournemouth
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I think this is one of the must see museums of Amsterdam. The history of the canals area is beautifully told using imaginative multimedia displays. One moves from space to space using a headset (there were a few gremlins in mine but the staff wee very helpful in sorting it out). There is a great start with a 're-enactment' of... More 

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