Het Grachtenhuis (The Canal House)
After you cruise the city in a canal boat, or even before, you may wonder about the history behind the creation of such a magnificent architectural achievement. A new museum in Amsterdam, Museum Het Grachtenhuis (The Canal House) is a great place to start your education on the history of Amsterdam and its canals.
Located in a beautiful canal house, the museum presents a beautifully restored main floor, but the star attraction is its upper floor, where a collection of multimedia presentation and interactive exhibits take visitors through the history of the development of one of Amsterdam’s star attractions – the canals.
The house itself was designed by Philips Vingboons, recognized as one of the most important architects in the history of Amsterdam. Between 1663 and approximately 1665, the house was built for merchant Karel Gerards on a double plot, that is still intact today.
Funding the War for Independence
The house where Het Grachtenhuis is located figures prominently in US history as well. The house has accommodated many prominent merchants and bankers over the course of its existence. This includes Jan Willink, who supported the American government during the War of Independence for many years with credit loans and stocks. John Adams visited these grounds in order to secure funding for the war.
The museum gift shop is also a place for some of the most original souvenirs in the city.
They enlisted a local designer to create a line of jewelry and various objets d’art which feature the map of Amsterdam’s canals. I doubt you’ll find anything else like it in the city.
Stichting Het Grachtenhuis
1016 CJ Amsterdam
Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Adult € 8
Children 6 – 18 years € 4
Children 5 and under Free
Tickets are also free with the I amsterdam Card
Admission can be purchased in advance here.