The history of Amsterdam in the museum about the canals

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 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.

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.


Chad in Amsterdam

With work by Chad Bilyeu

Now on view: exhibition Chad in Amsterdam. Step into the comic-book world of Chad Bilyeu and discover funny, yet authentic stories about his experiences in Amsterdam.

On view till 30 June 2024.

Quiet 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.


As a museum, we want to contribute to social initiatives. Think of activities for children who grow up in poverty, the greenery and cleaning of the Herengracht, the wheelchair-friendly character of our museum and supporting cultural initiatives that we support.