Museum of the Canals

Museum of the Canals

€ 16.50


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General info

  • With free audio tour in English, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin) and Russian
  • Child ticket for 6-17 years old, 0-5 year olds enter for free
  • Opening times: Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00
  • Location: Herengracht 386, Amsterdam
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • E-ticket directly available on smartphone
  • For questions about the product, please contact
  • Tickets can be rescheduled or cancelled up to 48 hours in advance


  • Delve into the history of the Amsterdam canals
  • Understand the importance of the canals in the past and for the future
  • Visit of a beautiful 17th-century canal house, with classical period rooms

The canals of Amsterdam

Amsterdam and canals, the two are nearly synonymous. Though the canals do not date as far back as the first days of the city, they were an integral part of the city’s growth in the 17th century. The Museum of the Canals will take you on a journey through the 400 year history of the canals.

The canals were part of one of the biggest city expansions in the world, and they are part of the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2010. From their inception, the canals were integral to the city and they remain so to this day. The permanent multimedia exhibition shows you all of this in a fun and interactive way.

History of the canals

The Museum of the Canals illustrates how the city of Amsterdam evolved through the lens of its canals. In the 16th century, the first plan was drawn for a canal ring around the city. These canals were designed to stimulate trade, make transport easier and to reclaim land from the water to expand the city.

These waterways became one of the greatest sources of wealth for Amsterdam. A full quarter of the area of the city consists of water, making Amsterdam the most waterfilled city in the world. The Canal Museum also has changing temporary exhibitions to complement its permanent exhibition.

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The Museum of the Canals tickets include a free audio-guide in English, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin) and Russian. The Museum of the Canals is housed in an authentic 17th-century canal house on the Herengracht, with classical period rooms. Get your tickets to the Museum of the Canals now and don’t miss out on this fascinating part of Amsterdam’s history.

Want to see even more of the canals in Amsterdam after visiting the museum? Then make sure to also book a canal cruise. It is the Amsterdam experience that cannot be missed.

About Tours & Tickets

Tours & Tickets, situated in the very heart of Amsterdam, has over 35 years of experience as a flexible incoming tour operator. We are specialized in offering excursions in The Netherlands and Belgium. And we offer various tickets for museums, attractions and all kinds of canal cruises. We also offer an exclusive range of combination deals.