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Het Grachtenhuis

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Address: Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31-204211656
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Fantastic way to begin your visit to Amsterdam

Visited this museum at the beginning of our stay in Amsterdam to learn about canals. We got way more out of it than we expected! It is a wonderful interactive museum where you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited this museum at the beginning of our stay in Amsterdam to learn about canals. We got way more out of it than we expected! It is a wonderful interactive museum where you learn all about the history of Amsterdam and why/how/when the canals were built. Only took about 45 minutes to go through the whole thing: small but very... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As the museum of canals I expected a lot more. For instance I'd love to see some animations showing how the lock gates are used to flush the canals or protect Amsterdam from high tides. Perhaps leading to the modern gate systems. But no. We get a very simple audiovisual about early days of Amsterdam. Followed by another on the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum was near the top of my list. It was a wonderful combination of Amsterdam history and canal construction. The self guided tour took you from the building of the first dam on the Amstel up to today. They have a very detailed display (you are standing in sand!) of how they build the canals and set the poles... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well, you walk in and buy your ticket, and there's nothing printed to review. The guide deposits you in a room, and says only to watch the video about Amsterdam in the 1600s and then he will return. It's a video with a vocabulary and historical perspective designed to be understood by a 13-year-old. I got furious and left after... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got married here and it was absolutely beautiful! The house, the interior and the garden all very well kept. Very professional and helpful staff. It is an official wedding location in Amaterdam and we can recommend it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Using holograms and models and records of city planning and city life, this museum organizes and presents, in clear, engaging terms, how today's Amsterdam came into being. Fascinating! Takes about an hour. Well worth the time, even considering the occasional technical glitches.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

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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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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