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  • Address: Herengracht 386
  • Hours: Mon: Closed, Tue - Sun: 10am–5pm
Amsterdam’s picturesque ring of canals is one of the city’s most iconic sights and after the famous waterways achieved UNESCO World Heritage status back in 2010, a new museum sprung up to celebrate their rich history.

The Het Grachtenhuis, or the Canal House, opened its doors in 2011 and features a series of exhibitions devoted to the history of Amsterdam’s 17th-century canals and the city development project behind them. The self-guided tours utilize audio guides and a series of interactive installations to provide a uniquely entertaining and engaging rundown of how the system was designed and built. 3D video projections, miniature city models, animations and galleries all help to bring the exhibition to life, making it a thoroughly modern museum experience.

The Canal House itself, perched on the banks of the Herengracht or ‘gentleman's canal’, is just as impressive outside as it is from the inside. The mid-17th century stately townhouse was designed by Philips Vingboons and inhabited through the years by a number of prominent Dutch tradesmen, including millionaire Jan Willink (famous for his generous donation to the Americans during the War of Independence). Today, it’s a designated national monument and has been restored to its former glory, with original floors and wall paintings, as well as an idyllic courtyard garden.

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Amsterdam Canals Cruise with Dinner Cooked On Board

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 362 Reviews

Cruise around Amsterdam’s canals in the evening, and pair a decadent 4-course dinner – cooked on board – with sights of the city. As one of the few Amsterdam ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $87.23

Amsterdam Canals Pizza Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 327 Reviews

Sail along Amsterdam's stunning canals at twilight and enjoy a delicious pizza as you cruise. This evening tour is the perfect introduction to Amsterdam, and ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $43.06

Amsterdam Canal Cruise Including Amsterdam's Xtracold Icebar

4 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

Combine two of Amsterdam’s top highlights: a canal sightseeing cruise on a luxury glass-topped canal boat, and entrance to Amsterdam’s Xtracold Icebar, where ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Varies

From USD $19.32

Amsterdam Canals Cruise Including Dinner and Onboard Commentary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 52 Reviews

Learn about Amsterdam and its top attractions on a 2-hour evening canal cruise with onboard commentary plus a 4-course dinner! After a welcome drink of Kir ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.81

Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off

4 star rating: Recommended 333 Reviews

Getting around Amsterdam is a breeze with a hop-on hop-off Canal Bus Day Pass. The boats operate a regular service along Amsterdam's canals, following tfour ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 24 or 48 hour pass

From USD $27.60

Amsterdam Canals Candlelight Cruise Including Wine and Cheese

4.5 star rating: Recommended 463 Reviews

Sit back and relax on a 2-hour candlelight cruise along Amsterdam's famous canals, the perfect way to unwind from a day of sightseeing or set the mood for a ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.41

Amsterdam Super Saver: Heineken Experience and Canals Pizza Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 71 Reviews

Spend a day dedicated to two of Amsterdam’s quintessential highlights – canals and Heineken – with this Super Saver that combines a visit to the Heineken ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $58.52
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Highlights of Amsterdam Sightseeing Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 214 Reviews

Want an introduction to Amsterdam in just 60 minutes? Take this one-hour sightseeing cruise and you'll discover the highlights of the beautiful Dutch capital ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $17.67

Skip the Line: Van Gogh Museum and Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Day Pass

4 star rating: Recommended 403 Reviews

Combine fast-track admission to the Van Gogh Museum with a 24- or 48-hour Canal Bus hop-on hop-off pass, and you've got the best of Amsterdam covered. Explore ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Valid for 24 or 48 hours

From USD $46.37

Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop On Hop Off Day Pass and Heineken Experience

4.5 star rating: Recommended 77 Reviews

Go for the combo: a 24 or 48-hour Amsterdam Canal Bus Pass and admission to the Heineken Experience. You'll find getting around Amsterdam's a breeze with your ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 24 or 48 hours

From USD $47.48

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