Museum of the Canals, Amsterdam

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Learn how Amsterdam’s famous canal system came to be at Museum of the Canals. The museum itself is located in a typical 17th century canal-side house, and will lead you through the canals' 400-year history, right up to the present day. Gain insight into the urban planning that went into the canals' creation, and how they have influenced the city and its culture. Take a partly guided, partly self-guided tour (available in English), and view the interesting displays that incorporate interactive audio commentary and multimedia. Use our Amsterdam itinerary planning website to arrange your visit to Museum of the Canals and other attractions in Amsterdam.
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  • Since 2011, the canals of Amsterdam have a museum dedicated exclusively to them. The Museum is located at Herengracht 386, in a building of the years 1660 designed by Philips theater. This museum attracts us with an original slogan "400 years of history in 40 minutes". The Museum tells the story of the channel belt through an interactive exhibition. It includes models, animations, 3D and mural projections and a model of House in which the rooms are animated.
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  • The museum itself is not a big model, but the full audio and video introduction is impressive, so that people can gather in every exhibition room to know the beauty of the river back.
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  • Not worth the cost. It is ~20 minutes of some videos on a full audio tour that give a high level overview of the city. A Google search will provide more information, not waist your time and be free .
  • Lovely demo of the history of Amsterdam & the canal belt. The house itself is really beautiful. Would be good to allow guests around the garden in the back!
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