45 minutes

The Story of Amsterdam’s Canals

This Attraction is closed until further notice.

Amsterdam – city of bicycles and canals. The beautiful canal district is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites and loved by visitors and locals alike. Visit the museum ‘Het Grachtenhuis’ and see how Amsterdam developed into the city it is today.

Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht are three of the most famous canals that were home to the richest families in the capital. Have a look at the construction plans and architectural drafts of the beautiful canal district.

A visit will offer you great insight on one of Amsterdam’s most famous icons! Explore the old preserved rooms as well as the amazing modern exhibition which tells the story of the canals in such a great way.

Are you planning your visit in Amsterdam and in the Canal District especially? Combine your visit of the Museum of the Canals with a visit of for instance the Dutch Costume Museum! This will give you an good overview of the culture and history of Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands!


LOCATION Herengracht 386, Amsterdam
OPENING HOURS Tue – Sun: 10:00 – 17:00 h
✅  Entry museum ✅  Audiotour
PUBLIC TRANSPORT  Tram 2 or 12 stop: Koningsplein.
The Museum of the Canals is a 25 minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station.
BEST TIME TO VISIT Before 11.00 or after 15.00
every 10 minutes a new tour starts.
TICKET TYPE ONLY printed ticket

Extra Information

Audio Guide

Museum of the Canals offers you an audiotour that takes you through the entire museum. There are eight languages available: Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin). A personal guide will show you parts of the museum and explain more about the history of the Canal District.


  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Cloakroom is free of charge
  • The register is in the museumshop
  • See how the famous canals evolved from 1600s onwards
  • The model version of a canal house gives you a more structural insight and a peek into the inside

Museum of the Canals in Amsterdam
Golden Age Canal house Amsterdam
Canal House gardens Amsterdam Grachtenhuis
Model of the Canal District Amsterdam in Museum of the Canals
Original Golden Age Canal House Chamber Amsterdam

Tour Reviews

November 8, 2016

This wasn’t at all what I expected it to be, but I have to say it was a nice surprise. The staff knows a lot, just keep asking. Especially about the foundation of America was cool, I didn’t know!

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