Grachtenmuseum Amsterdam

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.

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Our Museum Het Grachtenhuis Photo Impression

Of course, we visited the Museum Het Grachtenhuis to see why it’s so popular and here are a few pictures from our visit. The museum doesn’t disappoint and is a must especially for those visiting Amsterdam for the first time.

Grachtenmuseum Amsterdam

A room in the Museum Het Grachtenhuis with vintage video clips of how Amsterdam’s canal houses came to give an identity to the city. It also shows a detailed and smaller version of the city.

Mini canal houses in Grachtenmuseum Amsterdam

A room filled with mini canal houses in Amsterdam and also shows how they’re all constructed on thousands of poles.

Drawings showing the building plans for the construction of canal houses in 15th-century Amsterdam at the Grachtenmuseum Amsterdam

Drawings showing plans for the construction of canal houses in different parts of Amsterdam.

A depiction of canal houses in Museum Het Grachtenhuis

A room with wooden replicas of canal houses in Amsterdam.

More depictions of canal houses in Grachtenmuseum Amsterdam

More depictions of canal houses in Grachtenmuseum Amsterdam.

A vintage room in Museum Het Grachtenhuis

A vintage room in Museum Het Grachtenhuis.

Vintage fireplace in Museum Het Grachtenhuis

A Vintage fireplace in Museum Het Grachtenhuis.

Opening hours Museum Het Grachtenhuis

The Museum of the Canals is open 7 days a week. The last entrance is admitted 30 minutes before closing. Please keep in mind that on the weekends the museum is busier than usual.

Monday  12:00 – 17:00
Tuesday to Sunday  10:00 – 17:00
January 1 – New Year’s Day
April 27 – Kingsday
December 25 – Christmas

Museum Het Grachtenhuis Tickets

Tickets are available at the entrance of the Museum. The regular admission price at the entrance is €16,50. All prices include free use of the audio tour. The tour is available in Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Chinese.

Note: children under 18 are admitted only when accompanied by an adult.

Regular entrance prices at the door

Adults € 16,50 (audio tour included)
Children aged 6 – 17 € 9,50 (audio tour included)
Children aged 0 – 5 Free entrance
IAmsterdam city card
Museum Card
ICOM card
Free entrance (audio tour included)

Address, contact information and route to the museum

The Museum Het Grachtenhuis is located on one of Amsterdam’s most popular districts – the Herengracht. The easiest way to get to the museum is by using public transport. You can find the exact information below this paragraph.

Grachtenmuseum Amsterdam
Herengracht 386
1016 CJ Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 421 1656
[email protected]

Public transport

You can get to the Museum Het Grachtenhuis from many parts of Amsterdam. One of the easiest ways is to go via from Amsterdam Central station or the Leidseplein. It is even possible to stop directly with a Canal Boat in front of the building. If you go for this option, make sure your Canal Cruise will drop by the right location. The following trams will take you to the museum:

From Amsterdam Central Station:

      • Tram 2, Stop at Koningsplein and walk to the museum
      • Tram 11, Stop at Koningsplein and walk to the museum
      • Tram 12, Stop at Koningsplein and walk to the museum

From Amsterdam Leidseplein:
Tram 2 or 12, heading to Amsterdam Central Station, Stop Koningsplein

With the widget below you can find accurate advice for the real-time travel times based on your current location. This application will help you when you are not sure which bus or tram you can take from your location.

Museum Het Grachtenhuis FAQ

Can I visit the Museum in a wheelchair?

Yes, the museum is wheelchair accessible.

Is there usually a queue at the museum?

No, usually there isn’t but visitors might have to wait a few minutes to get in during the high season due to the museum being more crowded than it usually is in the low season.

How much time do I need for a complete tour of the museum?

For a complete tour, you’ll need about 90 minutes. The museum hosts several temporary exhibitions which are quite interesting for visitors.

Is the Museum suitable for children?

Yes, children under 18 can be brought under adult supervision. There are also interesting exhibitions meant for children.

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