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Het Grachtenhuis

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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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Interesting experience with a good value for money

Located in a friendly and quiet neighbourhood near the centre of Amsterdam, it’s a museum where you can understand the historical evolution of Amsterdam city. It offers an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Located in a friendly and quiet neighbourhood near the centre of Amsterdam, it’s a museum where you can understand the historical evolution of Amsterdam city. It offers an organized and summarized interactive experience with a good value for money (about 12 Eur). The visit should not take more than 45 to 60 minutes. It has 5 rooms, with interactive presentations,... More 

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Fethiye, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This museum is an absolutely amazing find. Tucked away in part of a double fronted mansion on Herengracht it is a very touchy/feely museum and different to anything I have ever experienced. The visual effects in many rooms are just wonderful and everything is brought to life so differently.... can't explain really ... you must take my word for it... More 

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Arlon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Wonderful City, full of noise, activity and people. The choise of restaurants is huge. You can find very good ones and very bad ones. The tour on boat was fabulous. The Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum are architecture jewels and the art works are exposed in the best possible way.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The Canal museum in Amsterdam to me is a must. Although small, a little pricey $12.00 euro pp(came with audio) was very enjoyable, educational and interactive. Came out with a bit of knowledge of the canal history. My only suggestion would have been a knowledgeable guide at end of the display to answer a few extra questions, as tourist we... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We almost didn't go and visit this but we were so glad we did. It was really interesting and there was an audio guide commentary in each room with interactive elements which made it different to your usual museum. Despite its size there was really some imagination and thought put into it. Would highly recommend!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

My daughter (19) and I visited this museum on our recent visit to Amsterdam (July 2015) after finding details in our guide book, we felt it looked a bit different from the usual museum and we were not disappointed. The audiotour started in one area with graphics projected on to a back drop explaining how Amsterdam was developed and became... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I and my 14 year old daughter truly enjoyed our visit to this museum. We fall into the group who would rate this museum as excellent. It is entertaining, educational, and quite informative. The unique use of audio, video, and wooden structures is a great way to explain the development of Amsterdam. It was also interesting to (re)learn the close... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I loved this museum. We went in with no idea of what to expect. Two of us went on the tour by ourselves and you go through 4 or 5 rooms with multimedia presentations. After the queues of other museums this is a delight. The first room talks about the history of Amsterdam and the second about how Amsterdam we... More 

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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This is a small, non traditional museum with an audio tour. You do get a good understanding of how the canal houses and canals were built and how the city grew over time. My favorite thing was the photography exhibit of old staircases. Tempting to buy one until I saw how much they cost.

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Onsala, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

It was really a good idea to vistit this museum our first day in Amsterdam. We did get a great overview of the history and how it all started. The way of presenting was very very nice. We enjoyed it all of us incl. our teenanger. Highly recomendable.

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is as historically significant as it is perennially popular. Whether you’re a history buff, architecture enthusiast, shutterbug, or fashionista, odds are you’ll find the Amsterdam you're looking for while roaming around the Grachtengordel (Canal Ring). A brilliant place to get lost in a moody meander and a key component to any sightseeing trip to Amsterdam, this area's major draws include the Anne Frank House, the Bloemenmarkt floating flower market, an enviable assortment of independent boutiques along De Negen Straatjes, and of course all of Grachtengordel’s lovely canals and bridges.
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