Het Grachtenhuis

The Canal House is a beautiful museum on the Golden Bend of the Herengracht in the main Amsterdam canal ring.

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It promises you “400 years of canal history in 40 minutes”. And it delivers!

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There is a very good tour through the house that gives a condensed overview of how the canals came to be, and how they got their shape.

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In one room there is a wonderful (and huge) dolls house.

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The house has been set up to give examples of how various rooms have been used …

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…and are currently used.

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They also have a remarkable way of showing you inside some of the more famous canal houses.

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Then just peek through the window!

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It is wonderful to be able to look out the window and see the canals. They are a truly beautiful view, and it’s easy to forget how lucky you are to be living in such a beautiful city when you’ve been here for a while.

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Its also amazing to be able to see how the houses have been used in centuries gone past.

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I still find it amazing to be living in a city that has been a thriving metropolis for so many hundreds of years! So different from where I grew up!

2 thoughts on “Het Grachtenhuis

  1. So much to absorb from a single visit! Quite an interesting museum, though, and it seems to cover such a span of information, history and current culture, in a very accessible way.

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