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Het Grachtenhuis

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Address: Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31-204211656
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Museum Het Grachtenhuis (The Canal House) is the natural starting point...

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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Definitely enjoyable

Nice virtual tours, interesting perspectives, definitely worth to pay. With I amsterdam card it's free.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Krisztina C

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice virtual tours, interesting perspectives, definitely worth to pay. With I amsterdam card it's free.

Thank Krisztina C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I thought this museum was one of the highlights of our week-long trip to Amsterdam. Though it isn't included in the Museumkaart, it is well worth the money to understand how the city was designed, and how the canal houses are built. The delivery of the information is quite unique--a timed audio tour, coordinating with holograms and... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On the banks of the Herengracht , this is a charming and informative museum which explains how the city elders arrived at the current design of the city, and how the houses were built. It makes excellent use of projections and holograms to give you an excellent idea of what life was like in old Amsterdam. My wife and I... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Nice museum all about the canal houses in the city. In the inner ring Amsterdam still has 6000+ buildings from the 1600's. Go here if you want to know more about the insides of these monuments.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I visited this venue in 2014 with the lady. She likes the past en how the women are dressed in the 18th and 19th century. I am not really a museum guy, but this was nice. They gave a nice overview how people lived in those big canalhouses and how it looks in the past. I can really recommend this... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We stumbled upon this museum, while strolling along the canals and decided to pay this gorgeous antique residence a visit. And were we in for a surprise. The museum is housed in an antigue residence and very well restored. One can feel the "grandeur" of the times. The whole museum is about the creation of Amsterdam and it's canals, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

I've been to Amsterdam quite a few times, but I haven't understood the effort it took to build and maintain the city. This is a fascinating little museum with effective multi media displays. Well worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

This small museum is well worth a visit. Here you can learn about the history of how Amsterdam was built. The models, projections and holograms were very well made. Our guide, a young man who spoke excellent English (as well as four or five other languages) was very attentive and pleasant and answered all of our questions. We can highly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We stopped by this place because we still had a silver ticket left from our Holland Pass (well worth it for the other, major attractions), but we didn't expect to be so charmed by it! The museum tour has clearly been carefully thought out, and we really enjoyed the multimedia tour with T-coil friendly headphones. The part with the animated... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We strolled throughout the house and garden using our I AMsterdam card. Added to the understanding of the city in the past.

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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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