Canal House Museums, Amsterdam

In 2010, Amsterdam’s picturesque canal district was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Take a stroll through Amsterdam’s charming Canal District and discover the city's hidden gems. The elegant canal-side mansions are home to some fascinating museums with intruiging design and collections ranging from stately to uber-modern.  Here are our top picks for Architecture Groups.
 
Het Grachtenhuis (Museum of the Canals)
Het Grachtenhuis is a tribute to the Canal District, with multimedia exhibitions showing how the now grand district is really an engineering marvel built on swamp land. From here, visitors can easily explore other museums housed in canal mansions and the museum is even equipped to help them plan their itineraries. 
 
Museum Van Loon 
Step back through time into Amsterdam's sumptuous Golden Age. Van Loon is the only residence of its kind complete with an original stately carriage house! Among the most powerful 17th century families, the Van Loons belonged to the city's governing families and were among the founders of the mighty VOC – the Dutch East India Company back in 1602. Much of its original interior intact.
 
Museum of Bags and Purses 
This historic museum built in 1664 boasts an impressive antique interior.
One of the eight leading fashion museums in the world and the only museum with such an extensive, specialised collection of bags and purses, taking visitors on a tour of the development of bags and purses from the sixteenth century to the present. 
 
Willet-Holthuysen Museum
Built in 1687, this mansion house is beautifully preserved with highlights include the magnificent Blue Room, ornamental gardens and servants' quarters. The museum also offers a collection of historic paintings and luxurious antique objects. 
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic)
Visit one of Amsterdam's most unexpected museums. This looks like a typical 17th-century canal house, but there's a historical church hidden behind the classical facade.  This clandestine church in the attic dates back to the time when Catholics were not permitted to openly practice their faith. The building is now a museum where you can admire grand chambers and remarkable exhibitions in addition to the hidden church.
 
FOAM Amsterdam 
A real mix of traditional and modern! The interior mixes the original architecture with modern chrome and glass. Housed in a centuries-old canal house, the photography museum exhibits all genres of photography, from fine art to documentary and historical to contemporary. 
 

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Portuguese Synagogue

The beautiful Portuguese Synagogue, is one of the most important legacies of the vibrant Jewish community in Amsterdam.  The architecture shows the self-confidence and wealth of the Jewish community in Amsterdam at the time it was built. It was the largest synagogue of its time and one of the biggest buildings of Amsterdam.  Contact our Amsterdam student trips experts at FHT Group Tours today and we will arrange this visit as par read more ...

Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Without doubt he best way to explore Amsterdam is from the water, so this is a great adjunct for any student trips or study tours to Amsterdam for groups of all subject disciplines Take a tour on the Amstel which last an hour and discover the city's beautiful canals, lined with impressive canal houses and decorative facades. On the trip your group will get a chance to sail through the historic city centre, the IJ, see th read more ...

Anne Frank House

Located on the Prinsengracht canal, the Anne Frank House is dedicated to the young Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank, who hid from Nazi persecution with her family and four other people in hidden rooms at the rear of the building. After her capture in 1944 she was transferred to the death camp at Bergen Belsen and died from Typhus at the age of just 15. Her diary has become a symbol of the struggle against oppression and has been read more ...

Heineken Experience

Housed in one of the most impressive industrial heritage sites in Holland, the brewery where Heineken’s premium quality beer was brewed for a hundred years has been transformed into a sensational interactive tour through the  world of Heineken. Its buildings span two centuries, the main parts dating from 1867 (the original building) and 1930 (a working brewery until 1988). Contact our Amsterdam student group trips team at FHT Gr read more ...

World of Ajax

The Ajax Arena is a superb sporting venue to the south east of the city and home to the Iconic Dutch Football team. Stadium tours can be arranged on a daily basis through the Arena. During the 1-hour guided tour, student groups will learn all about the facilities of our stadium and the legendary AFC Ajax. You will be able to see the dug-out, pitch and also press area. Public Transport is by Metro 50 and&n read more ...

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