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Het Grachtenhuis

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Address: Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31-204211656
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Museum Het Grachtenhuis (The Canal House) is the natural starting point for...

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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Great museum

Even if you are visiting Amsterdam for the first time, you will shortly notice that this city is about canals. This museum will provide you some background how it was started... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Tal R

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even if you are visiting Amsterdam for the first time, you will shortly notice that this city is about canals. This museum will provide you some background how it was started, packed with nice visualization.

Thank Tal R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small museum was probably the unexpected highlight of our weekend in Amsterdam. We walked past the front door completely by chance and we were delighted by the way the museum gave us an insight to Amsterdam's history. Just loved the tour - each room has some extra little quirky exhibits; small holograms, little spy holes into the interiors, sand... More 

1 Thank Chris G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

nice and compact museum although somewhat on small side, does not take more than 1 hour to go through yet nice to explore a 17th century canal house showing the grandeur of the golden curve ( gouden bocht ) will certainly recommend when on duty iamsterdam

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Something is missing, the museum is charming and small, several small rooms with good audio but it seems not well thought out.

1 Thank Stravaiger_12
Siena, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

The part of the impressive house that accomodates the museum consists of five rooms from which only three are really interesting. There is high use of modern presentation techniques which makes it both interesting and enjoyable however someone -or at lest me- would expect much much more information provided in regards on how the city was built at the time... More 

1 Thank Miziros
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This is a nice museum to visit if you are short of time, however, i feel the museum has shortchanged itself and the public as there is so much more this museum can and should offer. The history of amsterdam's canals is so rich that it should not be just like this.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Spent about an hour here. The way they do the presentation is different from other museums that it keeps you so interested. We were the only ones at the time so made it very comfortable. Staff came around periodically and would add stories which helped. Definitely worth the 12 euro we paid. Anne Frank house not far away had about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Nice virtual tours, interesting perspectives, definitely worth to pay. With I amsterdam card it's free.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

My husband and I thought this museum was one of the highlights of our week-long trip to Amsterdam. Though it isn't included in the Museumkaart, it is well worth the money to understand how the city was designed, and how the canal houses are built. The delivery of the information is quite unique--a timed audio tour, coordinating with holograms and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

On the banks of the Herengracht , this is a charming and informative museum which explains how the city elders arrived at the current design of the city, and how the houses were built. It makes excellent use of projections and holograms to give you an excellent idea of what life was like in old Amsterdam. My wife and I... More 

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