Plan your visit at the Museum of the Canals

The Museum of the Canals is located at Herengracht 386 in Amsterdam.

Opening hours

The museum is open on Monday: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM and Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
The doors close at 4:30 PM.

Please note that on Saturday or Sunday afternoon the museum can be busy and there will be a queue.

Opening hours holidays:
Open: Sunday 31 March and Monday 1 April 2024 (Easter), Sunday 19 and Monday 20 May 2024 (Pentecost), Thursday 26 December 2024 (Boxing Day)

We are closed on: 25 December (Christmas Day), 1 January and 27 April (King’s Day)



Ticket prices

Adult: € 16,50

Student/CJP: € 12,50  

Children from 6 to 17 years: € 9,50

Children from 0 to 5 years: free

Museumkaart, Stadspas, iAmsterdam City Card, ICOM Card: free


  • The free audio guide is available in Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Chinese.
  • In the museum you can only pay with Pin.
  • E-tickets do not entitle you to fast access and you still have to have your e-ticket scanned at the desk.
  • The entire museum is wheelchair accessible. There is an elevator at the entrance and there is also an elevator in the museum. Our staff will be happy to help you. Click here for more information.

Group visit

Are you coming with a group of more than 10 people? Please let us know at:

What does your visit look like?

Our permanent exhibition is a multimedia tour about the origin of the Amsterdam canal district. You will be guided through five rooms by an audio guide. This takes about 45 to 50 minutes. The audio guide is included in the ticket price and is available in nine different languages.

There stars a new tour every 10 minutes, each tour has place for 12 people. The start for the last tour is at 16:30.

After your visit to the permanent exhibition, there is much more to discover in the museum. Such as the temporary exhibition and our period rooms.

Guided tour in the Museum of the Canals

We offer guided tours through the period rooms of the museum. After the tour you will visit the permanent exhibition on the first floor.

In-depth tour of the period rooms

  • Duration: 30-45 minutes
  • Price: the regular entrance fee + 100 euro

In this tour, a guide will take you through the museum’s period rooms and the story of four centuries of Herengracht 386 and teaches you all about the former residents, the building and architecture, the history of the city, and the canals themselves. After the tour, your group will visit the permanent exhibition with audio guides, which takes 45 minutes. Booking a guide is possible for both small and larger groups. The duration of the tour can vary from 30 to 45 minutes depending on the wishes of the group. A maximum of 15 people can participate per guide.

For more information or reservations please contact us by e-mail:, or give us a call: 020-4211656.

Museum shop

The museum has a small assortment of books, jewelry and gift items that can be purchased at the museum’s register.



We don’t have a museum café, but I’m in the neighborhood there are many nice places where you can have lunch or a cup of coffee. For example Bar Vasari a few doors down.



There are many other interesting institutions and museums to visit, such as Huis MarseilleVrije Academie, Museumhuis Bartolotti, het Katten Kabinet or Museum van Loon.




Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam  



Phone: +31 (0)20 42 11 656



The museum is wheelchair accessible and there is an elevator. Unfortunately we do not have wheelchairs to borrow. Most rooms are equipped with chairs, so you don’t have to stand too long.




Metro: line 52, Rokin stop. From here it is a 9-minute walk to the museum.  

Tram: Line 2 and 12 Stop Koningsplein. From here it is a 4-minute walk to the museum. 


Parking is limited around the museum, we recommend that you travel by public transport as much as possible. The nearest parking garages are parking garage Keizersgracht and parking garage Kalverstraat.