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“Interesting and informative museum, set in a stunning canal house” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Het Grachtenhuis

Het Grachtenhuis
Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
+31-204211656
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Ranked #17 of 246 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Museums
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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.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Interesting and informative museum, set in a stunning canal house”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Het Grachtenhuis museum documents the history of Amsterdam's canal belt (Grachtengordel) through a fascinating multimedia exhibition. It explains the situation in Amsterdam prior to the construction of the canal ring in the 17th century, then shows how this development led to the prosperous, relaxed and beautiful city we know today. The visual presentations, accompanied by entertaining soundtracks, last for approximately 40 minutes, then you can wander through the remaining exhibits (the highlights of which are an outstanding miniature canal house and the big urban model of the canal ring area). You can also visit the stunning rooms on the ground floor that reveal the history of this grand canal house, which still retains many of its 17th century features, including wall paintings, original floor and the beautiful garden. Friendly, helpful staff and a small gift shop stocked with a good range of good quality souvenirs make this a very pleasant way to learn about the history, culture and society of Amsterdam. Perfection would have been tables in the lovely garden and coffee and cakes to enjoy there. Maybe in summer?

Visited January 2014
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Interesting and interactive museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

I really enjoyed my visit to Het Grachtenhuis museum, I think the visual presentation is done very nicely, with all that movies and projections. As other noted, it slightly lacks depth for those who want more details. Also I think that 12.5 for a ticket is really too much for rather small museum. Still I would recommend this museum for everyone who has extra time in Amsterdam, but not for a primary list of things to see.

Visited January 2014
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“good overview of the canal district”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

A private museum that uses animantion to describe the construction of the canal district. If you have no knowledge of this then this is a good place. However, the content is a bit simplistic, more detail and stories of this rich area would have been appreciated.

Visited December 2013
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“Great museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Excellent museam on how Amsterdam developed. Well worth visiting, ideally as a starting point to a city tour to appreciate why Amsterdam is built like it is. Mix of modern audio visuals, helpful staff and informative displays. Included with the Holland Pass which is worth getting if planning on visiting a few other museums

Visited November 2013
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“Super overview!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This was our favorite Amsterdam museum! Great content, super informative, warm and friendly docents, not crowded! I wish we had come here first for an overview to Amsterdam and the canals. Also funny to see the Dutch perspective on how Amsterdam helped the young American colonies. Overall fantastic!

Visited December 2013
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