The Museum of the Canals tells the story of the Amsterdam canals: about then, now and in the future. The history of the Amsterdam canals is told in an accessible way to reach and inspire as many people as possible.

Foundation Het Grachtenhuis is a non-profit organization and serves the public interest. The foundation’s aim is to convey the history of the Amsterdam canal ring (UNESCO: Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht) to a broad public. This aim is realized via the existence, maintenance and exploitation of the museum: ‘Museum of the Canals’.


Team Museum of the Canals


Pieter Brinkhorst, Chair
Hanso Hoekstra
Heleen ten Heggeler-Verloop

Museum Team

Martijn Bosch, General Director
Fleur Lagerwerf, Communications & Design
Birkan Tuzkapan, Manager
Bennie, Office Dog & Head of Security

Guy Vording, Duty Manager
Branco Sieljes, Duty Manager
Céleste de Gavere, Duty Manager
Jolijn Kroes, Duty Manager
Fleur Zwaan, Duty Manager

Andrea Muller, Museum Host
Valéry Cliteur, Museum Host
Julia te Winkel, Museum Host
Durk van der Meer, Museum Host
Monica van Assema, Museum Host
Fez Ensafi, Museum Host
Willemijn Pameijer, Museum Host
Maaike Schoute, Museum Host


The board of Foundation Het Grachtenhuis

The Museum of the Canals is governed by the management, consisting of a chief executive officer. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the entire operational management.

The Foundation functions with a Board of Directors. The board has a supervising and advisory role, monitoring the policymaking of the management and the general organization of the foundation and the museum.




Monday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tus – Sun: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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


Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ, Amsterdam

+31 (0)20 42 11 656