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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
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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It's not on the museumkart, but well worth a visit! We were hesitant, with having to pay for entry, but they have done a truly fantastic job to make your entry fee worth while... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's not on the museumkart, but well worth a visit! We were hesitant, with having to pay for entry, but they have done a truly fantastic job to make your entry fee worth while. Being a canal house, they don't have a lot of space, but the little they have, they've used well. Super informative and well thought of ways... More 

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wasn't sure what to expect when we visited the museum however the way that information was presented was very interesting and entertaining. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. Would recommend for all ages!

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a museum that all about explaining how the “canal ring” area of Amsterdam was developed. Essentially it was one of the first “planned communities.” The museum itself is housed in a 17th century mansion that is a part of the development The information is presented via 3-dimentional models and you move as a group from room to room.... More 

Thank CarolnRobb
Thonon-les-Bains, Rhône-Alpes, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

See how people lived behind the facades you walk, cycle by or see from a canal boat. you can ewasily imagine the house belonged to you and you lived, cooked and went about your daily activities in amsterdam of the past.

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Cary, NC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was quite disappointed in this Museum and felt it was not worth the money paid. They really did not give much in the way of detailed explanations of the canal's were the original were the original dam of the river. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I would consider this a museum you can pass on unless you... More 

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Despite not being too keen on the idea of visiting here- it was actually really informative and entertaining. The audio visual elements make it an easy to follow experience and it was actually very interesting. I would actually highly recommend here for a taste of Amsterdam culture and to get to know more about the history behind the famous Amsterdam... More 

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Orange County, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

Supposed to be the history of the canals. It was quite hi- tech for my taste. The canal building process was shown as projected cartoons, and the completed Canal House had holographic figures illustrating the upper-class lifestyle in them. It was definitely entertaining but I would have preferred a little more technical information. The price of admission was a little... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

Audio guided tour depicting the history of Amsterdam and the canals. Took a little over an hour and was well presented in several different rooms in various formats. I think my 14 year old niece and 12 year old nephew enjoyed doing something other than art museums! Cute gift shop as well!

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Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

I would recommend this to anyone staying in Amsterdam. It was presented in such a creative way, each room telling different parts of the story of the history of the canals and the cities development. It also included modern Amsterdam as it is today. Refreshing after spending many days listening to "history" and looking at "still" art. Staff were available... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

We stumbled upon this museum by accident walking back from the Rijksmuseum to our hotel. We didn't have any prior information on this museum and had some spare 'silver' Holland pass tickets so went in. I'm pleased we did: a great overview of Amsterdam's history and of course the history of its canals displayed over multiple levels via various interactive/non-interactive... More 

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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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