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Frequently asked questions
A self-guided tour on our canal museum Amsterdam boat will answer all your questions.

The Canal Museum Boat

So much space on the Amsterdam Canal Museum Boat!

One embarks the canal museum Amsterdam boat at the stern, down five steps. Street noises fade away and are replaced with nautical smells and colours, and (sometimes) the light movement of the swell. Measuring 23 x 4.5m, with a good living space of 80m², this houseboat is equal in size to the average Amsterdam apartment. The size and height of the living area amazes people.

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Former working barge

In the days the boat was used as a freighter the skipper would live in the stern with his family. In 2008 it was restored to its former glory. This gives a good insight into living conditions onboard the ship as they were. At the bow you can clearly see how the steel plates, used to construct the boat, are connected with rivets.

Discover the canal museum boat

Our self-guided tour with map will answer your questions. This is available in twentyfive languages. A slide presentation, houseboat models, photos and pamphlets are also available. Discover the unique Amsterdam canal museum boat and book your ticket online!

Curious about how other houseboats look like? Take a private boat tour in Amsterdam to explore the variety of houseboats. In the evening time, you can look into many of the houseboats to get a feeling of the boat house lifestyle.

Why to visit a museum on the canals in Amsterdam?

A museum on the canals in Amsterdam is unique. The houseboatmuseum is the only floating museum in town!

But why were the canals of Amsterdam actually built? And how are they used nowadays?

A lot of questions are usually arising, especially as first time visitor in Amsterdam. The city has so many waterways it is easy to get lost – as it looks all very similar if you are not used to the canal system. In the canal museum, you will be able to learn in an interactive way about the first museum on the canals. Dive into Amsterdam’s world of living on the canals on the houseboatmuseum.