A visit to Amsterdam is not complete if you have not seen the canals. They are a symbol of the city and have enormous cultural and historical value. In 2010, the World Heritage Commission decided to put the 17th-century Amsterdam canals on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The hidden secret of Amsterdam’s success: The Canal Museum
Amsterdam is a city that wouldn’t be what it is today without the canals. There is a saying that goes, “The canals make the city”. For centuries, thousands have flocked Amsterdam to make their fortune, escape persecution and enjoy all the benefits of a liberal and commercial hub like Amsterdam. The city has been home to artists, writers and all lovers of life. It is a city where life is lived. The story of this wonderful city is told in an adventurous and creative way in Het Grachtenhuis or Canal Museum Amsterdam. In the monumental building on the Herengracht, visitors can travel through time and discover the 400 years of Amsterdam’s history which is intertwined with the canals. The Museum Het Grachtenhuis not only shows what was so special about the creation of the Amsterdam canals but also why they are still spectacular today.
Go back in time and see how Amsterdam residents lived, how houses were constructed on thousands of poles, the brilliant engineers who supervised those constructions and the breathtaking techniques they used to construct lots of building in some of Amsterdam’s most famous quarters like the Jordan area and the Herengracht. The Canal Museum is for everyone who loves the city and would love to fall in love with it. The information is housed in six rooms where you will become acquainted with one of the largest city expansions in the world: the 17th-century canals of Amsterdam. All information is presented via interactive and multimedia channels; which is nice for children. The ideal day out for the whole family. Interactive multimedia exhibitions help you travel through 400 years of history in 40 minutes. There is so much to see and you’re sure to become a canal/Amsterdam expert when you’re done.
In addition to the permanent exhibition on the canals, there is always a temporary presentation on the ground floor of the museum. The Canal Museum regularly organizes activities, especially for children.