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Het Grachtenhuis

Herengracht 386, Amsterdam 1016 CJ, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
+31-204211656
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Ranked #39 of 298 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. It is located in one of the most beautiful... more » 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. « less
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Omaha
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

We found this museum because of the great reviews on Trip Advisor. it turns out that it was a 2 blocks from the Andaz hotel where we were staying. This might be one of the most unusual, yet informative museums we have ever been too. Very interactive, with many 3-D displays explaining how the format of the canals and city... More

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Amersham, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Popped in last thing on day and luckily caught the very last tour which we had to ourselves. ts with a interactive audio guide( it interacts with the room not you) and is a fantastic way to learn about Amsterdam , its growth and how it was all constructed Probably worth going here first , then going on a walking... More

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New Orleans
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11 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

For an Amsterdam-specific museum, we recommend this Canal House Museum. It's not a "destination" like the Rijksmuseum but would certainly be our #2. (including the contemporary museum Stedelijk and the Van Gogh) which we thought way over priced for the value. This small museum in a manor-house on a canal with fabulous gardens behind has a very nice multi media... More

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Sydney, Australia
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42 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Another unique museum in an enormous canal house on one of the oldest and most prestigious canals. Much technology in the displays, holograms, projections, committee meetings (!!!!), plans and maps. The emphasis is on the social and economic forces driving it all. It also included a mention of John Adams's visit to raise money for the rebellious colonies, securing in... More

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41 reviews 41 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Audi-visual overview of the history of the canals is very good. I thought they could have made more of the rest of the house. Tea room was good.

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Hilliard, Ohio
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I wasn't sure what to expect, but it turned out to be very well done, with a highly original presentation. You'll come away from it with a very good understanding of how the city as it is today first came about.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Never thought a museum about canals would be particularly interesting however this is possibly the best museum I have ever experienced. It basically explains how Amsterdam was built and then expanded, a fantastic feat of engineering and ingenuity. There are many surprises in this museum that I will not spoil but it has been brilliantly pieced together and the staff... More

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Angers, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The audiovisual exhibit is interesting and well designed, though somewhat superficial. But 12 Euros for an adult entry must be a joke. 6 Euros would have been more appropriate. A potentially great museum that leaves a very unpleasant after-taste.

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Prague
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

Amsterdam wasn't build in a day... and this museum will show you how. A great experience, one of a "must see" museums in Amsterdam.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

I visited most of the museums round Amsterdam and can honestly say this was one of the best for understanding how Amsterdam has grown and evolved and its history

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