Tickets for Museum of the Canals

Get the scoop on Amsterdam's famous canals

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Opening hours
Today:  Closed
Tomorrow:  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
  • Discover the story of the Amsterdam canals in a monumental house on the historic Herengracht
  • Explore Amsterdam during an interactive journey through its history
  • Travel back in time to the heyday of the city: the Golden Age. An informative and engaging audio guide is supplemented with 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's even an excerpt from the cult-classic B-movie, Amsterdamned.

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.

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Museum Of The Canals
386,Herengracht, 1016 CJ, Amsterdam
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Audio guide
Free and available in Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Mandarin (Chinese).
Jun 16, 2018
The format of the tour audio-visual was excellent and gave us a clear history of the growth and development Amsterdam since the 1600's
May 18, 2018
Provides a great introduction to the development of the city of Amsterdam. Much we did not know.
However you must be able to climb stairs
Apr 11, 2018
A very beautiful experience. A lovely house and very friendly people . The historical journey provided was fascinating.
Jan 9, 2018
It was a really great experience. I totally recommend !
Sep 26, 2015
Very convenient and hassle-free
May 16, 2019
Sehr informativ und gut gemacht!
Jan 8, 2018
Das Museum ist klein, aber die multimediale Darstellung ist außerordentlich.

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