Want to learn more about how Amsterdam came to be and how the history of the unique Amsterdam canal life? Het Grachtenhuis, or the Canal House Museum, is a small private museum that aims to answer these questions with a wonderful interactive tour back in time and through the history of how Amsterdam came to be this wonderful. It’s housed in a lovely canal house, and you’ll be ushered through various rooms of the house, each room with its own theme and exhibit about a different aspect of Amsterdam. Expect movies, sounds, artifacts, miniature buildings with tiny 3d characters, and all sorts of our amusement-park style tricks. It’s a bit pricey, but I’d say it’s still fairly entertaining and good value.
The official website writes :
The Amsterdam canals make the city. For centuries here, money has been earned, art created, feasts celebrated and life enjoyed. This is the story that the Museum of the Canals brings to life.
The museum is situated in a monumental building on the Herengracht, where you are taken on a whirlwind journey through four hundred years of history. The Museum of the Canals shows you not only why the creation of the Amsterdam canals was so unusual, but also why they are still special today. This museum is for everyone who loves or is just about to fall in love with the city of Amsterdam.
A journey through the Amsterdam canals begins here in the Museum of the Canals.
What’s to see? It’s hard taking photos in the dark, especially of tiny characters inside miniature buildings, but I do have some examples to show you…
The house itself …
If you want to learn more about Amsterdam and you don’t mind the price, this might be a good option.