Het Grachtenhuis, Amsterdam

(4.3/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
Learn how Amsterdam’s famous canal system came to be at Het Grachtenhuis. The museum itself is located in a typical 17th century canal-side house, and will lead you through the canals' 400-year history, right up to the present day. Gain insight into the urban planning that went into the canals' creation, and how they have influenced the city and its culture. Take a partly guided, partly self-guided tour (available in English), and view the interesting displays that incorporate interactive audio commentary and multimedia. Work out when and for how long to visit Het Grachtenhuis and other Amsterdam attractions using our handy Amsterdam vacation trip planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • This museum suggests presenting a lot of information about the typical houses along the Amsterdam canal ring but it is not much. Especially if you know the city , even a little there is not a lot of (...  more »
  • We live on a canal boat in England and so we thought it would be cool to go to a museum about the canals of Amsterdam during our stay there. It wasn't exactly what wed expected it but it was interesti...  more »
  • Het Grachtenhuis, or Canal House museum is very unique in that it is dedicated to the history of the actual canals in the city. Through modern, interactive exhibits you learn how the the canals were b...  more »
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  • What a seriously darling museum. We recommend it to all our friends. It isn't huge, but it really is the perfect introduction to the designing and building of Amsterdam and its canals. Information is presented in unique ways and it really was unlike any other museum we went to. We were so happy with it! The staff is also very friendly. Make sure to enjoy the gift shop - I bought three darling ceramic canal houses that I saw nowhere else. They sell charming little things that you don't see in the trashy tourist trap shops. We love this museum!
  • It's an amazing "secret" museum. A great multimedia experience and very interesting. It's not well known and very quiet this Sunday but all the better for us! You can do it at a very relaxed pace.
  • 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 of presenting the information in a modern and interactive manner. Sweet wee gift shop as well, I will probably go back just to get presents for people from there! Loved by our visiting friend, but also by us - one true Amsterdammer and one of coming up to 6 years and even then the information was still interesting to us.
  • Really good one. Very interesting stories of Amsterdam history. Many interactive presentations.
  • Amazimg place, for 40 mins