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Het Grachtenhuis

Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
+31-204211656
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Ranked #38 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This little gem takes only an hour or so to go through, but does it ever pack a punch! In just that short of time you are able to see firsthand the historic interior of a beautiful canal house, plus learn how the canals were actually built with some of the most innovative, cheerful and lighthearted interactive displays I have... More

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

A museum about canals didn't sound that interesting when I first came across it. It was everything I had expected The Amsterdam Museum to be, but wasn't. It's in a beautiful canal house (you can actually walk through a few of the rooms, not just peek in from behind a rope line). The exhibits are engagingly presented through multimedia display... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The Het Grachtenhuis or Museum Geelvinck was a stunning place to visit. The gardens were immaculate and the rooms still set in period decor were a pleasure to walk through. We had the "I Amsterdam Card" and this was an included attraction which was what prompted our visit. I am glad we did! It would have been a shame to... More

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We heard this is only 2 years old on arrival and must congratulate the curators of this truly excellent museum. There are many in Amsterdam but this modern, explicit and informative museum probably out shone all others. I only wished we had ignored the 40mins they promote to view displays and arrived earlier. Kids would love it but nothing is... More

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Minsk, Belarus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I'll start from the fact that it was an unexpected visiting of this museum, because I had an "I amsterdam" card and decided to visit all possible museums on my way that day. To my mind it's common to lots of museums in Amsterdam that's sometimes it's uneasy to recognize them among all the entries of a solid building. Coming... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We visited Het Grachtenhuis on a drizzly December afternoon last year. The museum is located in a beautiful canal house that dates back to 1665. Downstairs you'll find stunning period rooms that have been wonderfully restored as well as a large garden at the back. For the self guided tour you'll be lead upstairs to a darkened room with your... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The Canal House Museum is well worth a visit if you are at all interested in the history of Amsterdam and it's canals. The interactive way that the information is presented is entertaining and informative. And the graphics are pretty wonderful in and of themselves! The tour through the museum takes about an hour. If you buy your tickets online... More

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Omaha
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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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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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