Get to know the history of Amsterdam and its canals in an adventurous way. The Museum of the Canals is located in a 17th-century canal house on the Herengracht, with classical period rooms, a permanent multimedia tour, a canal garden and changing exhibitions. Fun for all ages!

Permanent exhibition

The Amsterdam canals are the heart of our city and have a complex and interesting history. Discover it all in our dazzling audiovisual exhibition, which takes you on a journey through 400 years of Amsterdam history.

Temporary exhibition

How did the quality of the water improve? How is the water being managed? And what will happen to Amsterdam if the sea level rises? In Waterkracht we tell interesting facts about the canal water along with photographic works by Gosse Bouma.

Period rooms and building

The Canal Museum is located in a seventeenth-century canal house. The period rooms show different periods, including original wall paintings by Jurriaan Andriessen from 1776.

The garden

The garden of the Museum of the Canals was laid out in 2022 and is an ode to four centuries of Amsterdam canal gardens. The garden is regularly open to visitors and a special audio tour is available.


Open from Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 17:00.

Closed: every Monday, December 25th, January 1st and April 27th.


Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ, Amsterdam

+31 (0)20 42 11 656