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Het Grachtenhuis

Address: Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Jordaan)
Phone Number: +31-204211656
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Ranked #22 of 272 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...
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Type: Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I definitely recommend this museum to all visitors of Amsterdam as it will tell a story that wil not be told anywhere else with a new way of presentation in addition to the opportunity to see a lavish typical house of the city. The museum is located in 17th C. patrician house overlooking the Herengracht canal, The Grachtenhuis was built... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This museum is not so easy to find but once you're in, you don't regret it! Unlike for example the Anne Franck house, we didn't have to wait outside, it was very calm. The visit was very entertaining, you can chose your language on your headphone. It is neither too long or too short (around 1h). With modern techniques, videos... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

What a great museum! One day me and my mom went to Amsterdam, we went to this museum because we already went to most of the other museums in the area so we thought we would give it a try. I am so happy we did. The museum teaches you so much in such a short time. It's interactive and... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

A modern museum with high tech bits. Much more on the construction and early growth of the city than the role that canals play in Amsterdam. Some nice flourishes - including a view into some historic residences - but it focused more on the homes than how canals make Amsterdam unique. The building is lovely and was decorated for the... More 

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

We LOVED this museum.... great video of expansion of the city. Excellent "peak into the boardroom" as a virtual meeting is held on how to engineer the canals, finance and beat if it all. Great display showing how the pilings under the townhouses are sunk. Overall just terrific displays, interactive and fun. Great for 45 minutes!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Het Grachtenhuis provides a history of the canals and the city of Amsterdam. It is informative, but not quite what we were hoping for. We went in possibly expecting to get an overview of what a canal house would have looked like. However, if you go to the museum simply expecting to get some information about the history of Amsterdam... More 

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Brinklow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

A wonderfully presented history of the development of the canals with brilliant displays of the building processes and designs A 17th Century spec housing development really Particularly brilliant were the miniature house interiors enlivened by historic hologram figures

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Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

This museum is just great , the staff are all helpful and passionate about their subject. In the museum there are so many good exhibits and usually I get bored after a bit but NOT here . This is the place to see and learn about the fascinating way Amsterdam was founded and the canals built. Worth every Euro ,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

A great way to spend an hour and learn how Amsterdam turned out with its net of channels. Why the first turned out were they are, and which came first! Found the place after (once again) having a desperate look at the queue by Anne Frank's house. Delighted to find no queue here.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed this visit and thought the audio presentation was clever and informative. This sets a good scene of early Amsterdam and gives you an understanding of the culture and city you see today. Would highly recommend.

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