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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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A small but excellent museum

This place gives a really great intro to how Amsterdam transitioned from relatively obscure medieval town to international port, via the story of the 'planned city' contained in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

This place gives a really great intro to how Amsterdam transitioned from relatively obscure medieval town to international port, via the story of the 'planned city' contained in the four main sixteenth century canals (Singel, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Prinsengracht). It's nicely 'multimedia-ised' without being naff and is very engaging for a wide range of audiences. It really helped me to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

At €12 per person this is expensive for such a small museum. It is informative and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I did learn a few things about the canals and the city but not as much as I would have hoped for the price, given what other museums in the city offer. Worth a look if you... More 

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Ireland
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Very interesting background information about the history of the canals and the canal houses. It kicks off with an audio-visual. The audio guide leads you through the other rooms. It might not be the biggest museum but it's worth a visit. Helpful staff.

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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32 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Used the I Amsterdam card to gain free entry and may not have paid to enter. Not that it's a bad museum, it's just there are better museums in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam museum tells a more comprehensive historical story of Amsterdam and the history of the canals can be found in any guide book. If you have a spare hour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

From kids to adults, anyone will enjoy this museeum which is without equivalent. The staff is very nice and provide explanations when necessary and let you enoough time to learn a lot.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This "museum of the canals" will, in 40 minutes make you an expert on the subject. It starts with some very clever audio visual displays and an accompanying audio guide. Each room is different and engaging. You get an opportunity to glimpse inside various houses as well as a large model of the house you are in and the entire... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I returned to Amsterdam because of the undescrible architecture and its history. This museum at least doubled my interest in how this city and its people formed the history of the entire world as well as explaining to me some previously unheard secrets about the construction of the historical canal belt. The staff is willing to answer any further questions,... More 

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220 helpful votes 220 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This museum tells the story of canal houses in Amsterdam. And it's housed in the former home of a prominent merchant citizen - the exhibits occupy two floors of the house. We thought the museum was interesting, particularly the first few exhibits, which were creatively executed and engrossing (I particularly enjoyed the "meeting room" with the voices of various historical... More 

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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The staff are extremely helpful and friendly, and clearly enthusiastic about their subject. The audio guide and exhibits offer a fascinating explanation as to how Amsterdam came to be built, and the extraordinary construction of the canals. Also a great opportunity to see inside a grand canal house, and to see the gardens.

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Haarlemmermeer, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

One should not miss the opportunity to visit a Canal-house. So typical for Amsterdam and... There are absolutely Beauties. Get informed for opening period of there garden too, A MUST!

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