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“Great musuem to learn about canals in Amsterdam” 5 of 5 stars
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Het Grachtenhuis
Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31-204211656
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Ranked #47 of 543 things to do in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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“Great musuem to learn about canals in Amsterdam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

A multi-media musuem tour (you get an iPod-like device for the audio) showing the early history of canal building in Amsterdam. Original maps and documents. It was interesting to learn how the city fathers built in an efficient and economical way in expanding the city. Free admission due the iAmsterdam card (otherwise 10 Euros might have seem steep). Thought it was well worth the time. Elegant building interior and exterior as well. Oh, and check out the interesting tile work in the bathrooms.

Visited June 2013
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“Save Your Money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

The title of the current exhibit, 400 Years of Canals, is somewhat misleading. The actual “history” part only deals with problems that arose at the end of the 16th century and expansion plans that were carried out during the 17th century. The exhibits are in 5 rooms of various sizes.. The first has a short presentation on Amsterdam and its problems in the late 1500’s. The second has a discussion of how the city would be expanded with visuals depicting the various plans proposed. The third has a demonstration of building techniques. The fourth has a large model house with open windows so that you can see the furnishings. The walls are replicas of actual original city blocks. There are peepholes so that you can look into the interiors. The last room has an unnarrated film of life in modern Amsterdam. The exhibit has nothing about the construction of the canals, the problems of reclaiming land, etc. The audio tour devices provided as part of admission did not work well. We learned more from the commentary on the hop on/hop off boats than from the visit here.

Visited July 2013
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“Well worth seeing!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Virtually hidden (not in many guide books) which is a shame considering it's so interesting. Well structured exhibitions with various methods of communicating the story of the building of the whole city not just the canals. Fascinating and well worth seeing. Takes about an hour, is on the canal bus route and is 2/3 minutes walk from the tram stop. Also, if you have the IAMsterdam card, it's free!!

Visited July 2013
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“OK, but nothing great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

I thought it was a bit overpriced (10 Euros) for what you got: a light show and a couple of rooms. But it was a stop on the boat bus, which made it convenient. If you have a Museum Pass, it's worth it.

Visited June 2013
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“Why Amsterdam is beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

In a small street, almost inconspicuous, is one of Amsterdam's most beautiful attractions. The Canal Museum is a must visit for anyone in Amsterdam. The men at the reception were helpful and attentive. They gave us the headphones and ushered us in...wow. What a fantastic way to understand the beginnings of such a beautiful city. The audio and the lights mesmerize you into what it must have been like to live in such an historic city. I highly recommend it for everyone.

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