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Address: Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31-204211656
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Description: 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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Make this your first stop in Amsterdam

What fantastic museum! We really enjoyed this impressive building and the well-done multi-media exhibits that uses a combination of great narration and technology. It is an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
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87 reviews 87 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

What fantastic museum! We really enjoyed this impressive building and the well-done multi-media exhibits that uses a combination of great narration and technology. It is an excellent way to learn about Amsterdam's history. I can't say enough about it. Just go!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Having read the other reviews, I would say I wholeheartedly agree. Everyone is very nice at the house, and when you go upstairs and do the first two rooms, it's pretty interesting. I would even say the third room, showing how they drive piles was informative. Beyond that, it gets a bit random. You won't feel horrible if you go,... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

no information, only 4 small "exhibition" rooms, no coherent story, no details about the history of the house and his inhabitants,...

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The multi-media presentation is very well done, but the 3 traditional rooms on the first floor are very impressive, giving an excellent idea of what it must have been like to live there in the 17th century. Not covered by the Museumkaart.

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Regina, Canada
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I convinced my wife that we should go check out the canal museum and I'm glad we did...but we left somewhat underwhelmed. The museum is laid out in a series of rooms with an accompanying audio guide. The first 3 rooms discussed how Amsterdam started, the problems it faced, how they decided to expand it, why it is designed the... More 

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I was fortunate enough to have a voucher for 20% off admission. I was also entitled to a free gift but I then discovered that everyone who visited the museum got this. Not a problem as it was a very interesting exhibition about how the canals of Amsterdam were built and how the city evolved. There are a number of... More 

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USA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

If you want to understand how this amazing city grew up, you must visit this museum. Gracious staff, easy to understand presentations, and a charming gift store. It is a must see for anyone even remotely interested in history.

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This is more of an multimedia show than a museum, you go around with an audio guide (the English one was good at least, they have several versions) and get interesting information about the history of the city and particularly of the Canal Ring. I particularly liked the voice-enacting of city movers and shakers planning the canal ring in the... More 

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ny
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

This was an interesting and informative museum with a multi media presentation. Very well done. Spent about an hour there. Good overview of the development of Amsterdam.

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Athens, Greece
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

When I was looking in guides and internet pages, trying to figure out what I absolutely shouldn't miss during my 4-days stay in Amsterdam, I thought that this museum could certainly fit the profile!... I was right!!! By means of little "movies" and models, the museum tells the story of the Amsterdam canals and of how this amazing construction of... More 

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