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Houseboat Museum (Woonboot Museum)

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Address: Opposite Prinsengracht 296, 1016 HW Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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+31 20 427 0750
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Enter to see a way of life

It is interesting to enter and see a way of life. With a lot of discipline and organization you can live in a charming way in a small house on the water.

Reviewed 1 week ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is interesting to enter and see a way of life. With a lot of discipline and organization you can live in a charming way in a small house on the water.

Thank edinu10
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are fascinated with house boats, this is the perfect attraction for you. You walk around a houseboat that is now a museum and read along with a guide with information about the boat and houseboats in Amsterdam.

Thank Emitom H
Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great stop on a cycling day around Amsterdam. Inexpensive enough. Interesting to see the layout, a short film about houseboats. Museum owner is a former 22 year houseboat dweller himself! There's a bulletin board with houseboats currently for sale - also interesting. Cute nautical gifts different from what's available elsewhere in Amsterdam.

Thank Louisa718
Tallinn, Estonia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is pretty small as expected so 20-30 minutes is all you need. Its free on the i Amsterdam card. Interesting to see what a more traditional house boat looked like and the tiny cabin beds. Watch you head if you are tall. Easy to find friendly staff, they have a bench on deck to sit and watch the canal... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

as some one who loves boats/boating and anything water I had to check this out. The man who owns in Ives in his own houseboat down the canal a little and a scale model is on display in this house boat museum. It is located just down the road from the Anne Frank House. The boat is small and has... More 

1 Thank StacyJ1990
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2017

I love caravans and small spaces so I am fascinated about how the Dutch live on house boats. This little houseboat museum is literally that, a houseboat with information etc. A lovely detour from the bigger museums and only costs Eur4.50 or free with "I am Amsterdam" card.

Thank wicklowcharm
Roanoke, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2017

We actually were pretty excited to get inside one of the houseboats on the canals as these look really cool. However, this was more of a history lesson on this specific boat than informing about more modern houseboats. The lady was very nice and it was only about $5 to get in. We were there about 15 minutes and got... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2017

My boyfriend has been trying to convince me to buy and live on a tug boat converted into a houseboat. This gave me a really good idea of what it is like to live on a houseboat and got me thinking about way to make it work for us.

Thank cls112
West Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed November 27, 2016

It is so nice to see the inside of a typical houseboat and understand how life differs living on the canal. It's inexpensive to go inside and lovely to see how life is on a boat. Every available space is used and there is no clutter around - what is necessary exists and what is not necessary - just isn't... More 

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Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

I really did not know what to expect from this museum but I was very pleasantly surprised. My teenage kids absolutely love this and thought it was great fun especially the clogs. I've never been in a houseboat so did not know what to expect and I was very surprised by all the space within. Houseboats are just as expensive... More 

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