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Museum Of The Canals: Entry Ticket + Audio Guide

Get the scoop on Amsterdam's famous canals

Het Grachtenmuseum
Registered address: Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ, Amsterdam, NL
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Last admission: 30 minutes before closing
Audio guide: Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
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Live guide: Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
Smartphone tickets accepted

What's included

Entrance to Museum of the Canals
Free lockers are available
  • Discover the story of the Amsterdam canals in a monumental house on the historic Herengracht
  • Marvel at the meticulous detail and craftsmanship of the stunning 17th-century doll's houses
  • Travel back in time to the Dutch Golden Age with an engaging audio guide, vivid holograms and special imagery

In a monumental (and gorgeous!) building on the Herengracht, lies Amsterdam's Canal Museum. A whirlwind tour will take you back to the time when Amsterdam flourished as the main city of the Dutch Golden Age.

Upon entering, grab an audio guide, then take a seat. Minutes later the lights dim and you're back in the year 1600, Amsterdam's heyday. Here you'll get all the context you need to understand Amsterdam's famous (and UNESCO-protected) canals. And throughout your experience at the Museum of the Canals (het Grachtenhuis), you'll develop a deeper appreciation for this city and the waterways that define it.

This museum uses a broad set of tools - holograms, paintings, models, audio guides, and architecture (among others) to bring the significance and experience of Amsterdam's famous waterways to life. Their role in the prosperous commerce of this mercantile culture are highlighted, as well as the remarkable engineering achievement that they represent.

But it's not just the historical experience that is showcased here - Amsterdam's canals are a big part of daily life and civic celebrations, and that is also part of the museum here. The world famous Amsterdam Gay Pride Parade, the Beatles on their famous boatride through the canals during the height of 'Beatlemania', and the skating on the canals that takes place during the (now rare) cold winters. There also are incredible period-piece doll's houses to admire, and even an excerpt from the cult-classic B-movie, Amsterdamned to check out.

As the Grachtenhuis itself says, "This museum is for everyone who loves, or is just about to fall in love with the city of Amsterdam". So then, it's for everyone.

Show your smartphone ticket at the main entrance.

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Museum Of The Canals
386,Herengracht, 1016 CJ, Amsterdam
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  • Cancellation is possible until 24 hours before your visit date.
  • Rescheduling is possible until 24 hours before your visit date.

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3 reviews
21 Apr 2024
Very clever presentation of interesting history! Highly recommend this museum. Be sure to get your tickets in advance and arrive before 3pm to get in the door.
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Karen,  Canada Canada
23 Feb 2024
Cool tech, very informative. Nice that it is in a historical house.
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Edgar,  El Salvador El Salvador
07 Jan 2024
Amazing ,interesting.Well done.The story of the Heregracht was delivered beautifully
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