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Museum of the Canals
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Skip the Line: Amsterdam and Holland Pass
Ranked #53 of 509 things to do in Amsterdam
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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.
Basel, Switzerland
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“slightly confusing name”
Reviewed December 16, 2013

The exhibition is primarily about the history of the city. This part of the audio show is done really nice and in my opinion is worth visiting. The rest of the house tell the story about the designer of the house as well as some of it occupants, some of which fairly illustrious. The entry is 12 EURO which is on the steep side. The staff are very nice though, as well as the shop. Make sure to check out the tiles in the bathroom... ;-)

Visited December 2013
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“Great little museum”
Reviewed December 14, 2013

Gives a you a good sense of the construction and expansion of Amsterdam. Excellent way to spend a Windmill stamp of your Holland Pass and can be done in less than an hour.

Visited November 2013
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Derbyshire UK
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“This museum explains why Amsterdam created these wonderful canals”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

The museum makes excellent use of modern technology to explain the story of Amsterdam's creation of its canals. Each visitor has their own commentary in a choice of languages and passes through a series of rooms.
I wish that I have visited this museum on my first day, because it would have given me a great introduction to the city.

Visited November 2013
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Milan, Italy
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“A gem for those fascinated with Amsterdam canals”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

Excellent Museum set in a beautiful, bourgeoisie house on the canal. You can trace the development of Amsterdam and the role of the canals in its development. Not to be missed!

Visited November 2013
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“Fun, Interactive & a Fab Access Lift!”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

Visited Het Grachtenhuis with 2 of my sons in October '13; had checked the website before going and bought our tickets online prior to visiting online to save a few euros each.

On arrival at the museum, and with only a few minutes to spare before our pre-booked admission time, we discovered a set of steps to enter the building and could find no other, accessible, way in. After a while of search back and forth, and just as my husband ventured to go in to find out ( we had read on the website the building was accessible, but had also emailed to confirm this - things sometimes change) a young man returning to the building after getting his lunch, explained he would assist us and asked us to wait 2 minutes.

He then re-appeared at the cellar door and magically the stairs moved and changed into a level platform, making a stairlift! Brilliant! But, if you are disabled and are not accompanied by someone who can alert the museum staff that you require access - keep a note of the phone number.

Once inside, we were swiftly 'checked in' and issued with our headsets; our boys were directed upstairs to the start of the exhibition area and we were led to a lift. All very easy, eventually.

The information and presentations were very good, and my eldest son - who has learning disabilities - really enjoyed it, and at approx 40 mins, was just long enough to keep him engaged, so I am sure if you had primary aged children, they too, would enjoy it.

After the presentations, there are several rooms with things to look at and then you arrive back at the reception come gift shop, which is quite small but has product from pens and pencils through to expensive glasses and vases, so should be something for most tastes.

We had a very nice time there and do now feel that we have a better understanding of how Amsterdam began and was subsequently developed into the city we now know.

The staff were also very helpful, and that chairlift - wow! making the fabric of the building appear unchanged but enabling access - best I have seen, it should win an award.

Visited October 2013
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