With over one hundred kilometers of canals, is it not surprising that Amsterdam is also known as “The Venice of the North”. The canals are even Amsterdam’s most famous cityscape. Stroll through the Canal District and many beautiful canal-side mansions can be seen, housing some of the most fascinating museums. To help you decide, we have compiled a small list of three must-see canal-side museums.
Your voyage of discovery through the canal belt starts right at the museum of the canals, better known as “Het Grachtenhuis”. Situated in a monumental building on the Herengracht, this museum is a great way to learn more about the Canal Ring and its development over the centuries. In only 40 minutes you will be taken on a whirlwind tour through 400 years of history. After the tour, you’ll look at Amsterdam in a whole new light when wandering through the city’s streets.
Where: Herengracht 386
Opening Hours: Tuesday till Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Please note that due to construction work, Het Grachtenhuis will be closed from January 15th 2018 until January 24th 2018.
Museum van Loon
Get a glimpse behind an impressive façade of a canal house when visiting Museum Van Loon. The museum is the former house of the regent Van Loon family and is situated in the heart of Amsterdam at the Keizersgracht. The charming rooms showcase beautiful portraits, impressive pieces of furniture and silver and porcelain from different centuries which have been remained largely intact. Behind the house is a beautiful garden – the perfect escape from Amsterdam’s hustle and bustle.
Where: Keizersgracht 672
Opening hours: Monday till Sunday, 10am – 5pm
A must-see for the camera fans! Foam Fotografiemuseum exhibits all genres of photography – from fine art to documentary, and historical to contemporary. The modern interior of the historic canal building offers the perfect setting for well-known photographers as well as upcoming talent.
Where: Keizersgracht 609
Opening hours: Monday till Sunday, 10am – 6pm