Amsterdam's canal-side museums

Het Grachtenhuis (Museum of the Canals) is a great way to learn more about the Canal Ring and its development over the centuries. And it's not the only museum that reflects the old ways of living in the centre of Amsterdam. Museum van Loon, Museum Geelvinck, the Willet-Holthuysen Museum and Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic) all provide detailed snapshots of the diverse people and lifestyles that could be found in the city.

Repurposed properties

Alternatively, some of the grandest canal-side properties in Amsterdam have been converted into museums of a more contemporary nature. FOAM Amsterdam and Huis Marseille Photography Museum are both internationally-renowned photography institutions, while the Museum of Bags and Purses is one of the few museums in the world dedicated to the fashion of bags and purses. And naturally, institutions such as the Amsterdam Museum and Amsterdam City Archives also host a great deal of city history and present the unique perspectives of people and places in their exhibitions.