Het Grachtenhuis is a special museum located on one of the most beautiful and upmarket canals in Amsterdam, the Herengracht. It explores the history of the canal district with fantastic 3D animations, models, projections and an interactive multimedia exhibition.
- Discover the history of Amsterdam’s canal ring.
- Amsterdam’s canal ring is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The museum is located in a special building with famous inhabitants.
The canal district: a World Heritage Site
The museum opened in 2011 after the Amsterdam canal district was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building housing the museum is itself a well-known place that was once home to many famous people.
It is located on the Herengracht 386 and has housed rich bankers and tradesmen since 1663. Jan Willink was the most famous of these. During the War of Independence, Willink supported the Americans by donating 30 million dollars – an incredible amount at that time. The Grachtenhuis is well worth a visit.