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Het Grachtenhuis

Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
+31-204211656
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Ranked #33 of 303 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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Brandon, Canada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

We chose a few good museums to learn about Amsterdam. Overall this one tops my list as a favourite. Tip: book ahead online. We did right before we went and it saved us a few euros. The audio guides are included. The museum itself is a beautiful canal house that is easy to find (as easy as Amsterdam can be).... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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48 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This unique museum/experience shows you the story of Amsterdam and its canals in an interactive and easy to follow way. It's inside a beautiful canal house of which you are shown the garden and some luxurious rooms. Totally worth the €12.

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Auckland
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62 reviews 62 reviews
41 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

I visited this museum on the basis of Trip Advisor reviews and the fact that I really wanted to learn something about the history and building of the canals. The cost was a bit of a splurge as I am a budget traveller but it all seemed promising given the audio guide being included and the professionalism of the staff,... More

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Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Why isn't this museum better known. What a treat it is ,what a clever way to tell us the history of the canal system in Amsterdam. Very modern approach with models,audio with film projected over models of the city houses. The best part was little peepholes,about 40 of them,into the grand canal side houses. You must see it to understand.... More

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Munich, Germany
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This was one of the coolest things Ive ever seen. The start of the tour is upstairs which is by far the best part of the whole thing. The rooms are all based on very high quality projections which tell you the story of Amsterdam and its canals. Overall the best room is the second one which takes place around... More

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San Gwann, Malta
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

An unknown museum but worth a visit. You will understand better Amsterdam after visiting. The display is very innovative. Do not miss

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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74 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

OK, I am a canal freak anyhow but this place shows you how Amsterdam was planned around it's canal system in such an engaging and innovative manner that you don't realise that you are being educated until you leave. To experience the discussions of the City fathers around the table makes the hair on the back of your neck prickle.... More

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Norway
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25 reviews 25 reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Loved this place. Even the teenagers of the family found it interesting and that says a lot. The exhibition was very cleverly made with innovative effects and elegant displays. Definately worth a visit!

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Lancashire
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This is one of the best 'museums' I have visited, it gives a very interesting story of the beginning of Amsterdam in a lovely, relaxed and elegant setting. The interactive displays were interesting and the audio accompaniment was first class. It was very quiet when we were there which was nice, but rather surprising for such a good attraction.

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London, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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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