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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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Best overview of the history

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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Onsala, Sweden

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

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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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I love to tour houses and learn how people lived during different time periods. This house did not disappoint.

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Kincardine, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Visited here with family in Octorer 2014. It is a lovely setting for this museum. Audio tour is about 45mins long and this tells the history of the canals and the construction of the houses and three canal rings in Amsterdam. There is a display of how houses are constructed and a large dolls house with hologram figures in it.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is not a traditional museum, with static exhibits. It is a multimedia experience (audio tour, projections, holograms). As you move through rooms the displays explain how Amsterdam grew, how the canal houses were built, why the canals are where they are and what life was like in the grand houses. It is in a beautifully restored canal house and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

the cat museum is wonderful as well as all the friendly cats around. the museum is not huge but 7 euro for adults is quite reasonable if you really like cats like I do. I really enjoyed the museum. the woman at the front was very polite as well as funny. I truly lovley experience

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I live in Amsterdam and I think this is one of the best museums in the city! Very informative, beautifully designed, a must see if you want to know more about the history of the canals and how they've been built!

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Montreal, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

You want to know when the canals and locks were built? Why? How they work? Any scientific fact about them? Artifacts? Anything a real museum offers? You won't find any of that in this museum. It takes less than an hour to see and read everything in the Grachtenhuis, and more than half is not at all related to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is a small museum which makes the most of its limited space with the innovative use of multimedia. Through a combination of audio guides, films and more tactile experiences the museum provides us with a fascinating insight into how Amsterdam's canal network evolved. Go there if you are even remotely curious about how the beautiful city developed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This museum is housed in a beautifully renovated house on the Herrengracht, centrally located in the city and well worth a short visit (being small, you can easily get through the museum with the audio tour in an hour). The displays, as mentioned elsewhere, are quite different from anything you've seen elsewhere and you move from one area of the... More 

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Address: Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31-204211656
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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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