The Houseboat Museum in Amsterdam
Walking along the canals in Amsterdam you do see a lot of houseboats. Now you can visit the Houseboat Museum. Although most of the houseboats don’t like at boats, officially they are boats even when most of them can’t even navigate and or don’t have a motor on board. These boats are connected to the sewer, water net, and power grid and thus function as normal houses.
Inside the Houseboat Museum
The boat itself was a former freighter and built in 1914, its primary function was transporting sand and gravel until the 1960s and sometime later it was converted in a houseboat. Actually, people lived in there for some 20 years and the best of it all, you see some of the original furniture!
You can have a seat in one of those 2 chairs. Behind the chairs there books and documents which you may have a look into. In fact, there is a lot of documentation about the boat and houseboats in general. If you want to know more about houseboats in Amsterdam, this is definitely a place to visit.
Once you enter the boat, you will get a guide (leaflet) with information about the boat, this guide is available in 20 languages. Once you are in the boat you see at your right hand in the. stern the sleeping compartments for the captain and his family, you shouldn’t be afraid of small rooms!
Once you will leave the kitchen you walk into the living area. In the bow, there is another bedroom and a slide presentation of houseboats.
Location of the Houseboat Museum
The houseboat museum is located in the city center in the Prinsengracht.
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Open: From Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM till 5 PM, in July also open on Mondays. Closed on 1st of January, from 8th till 24th of January, Kingsday (27th of April) and Christmas 25th and 26th of December).
Ticket: € 4,50 per adult, free with the I amsterdam card
Address: Prinsengracht 296K, Amsterdam
Note: there is a small bar on board for coffee, tea, and soft drinks. No toilets available.
See also the Facebook page.