Chambres des Canaux

November 3, 2013 in Amsterdam Blog

The Canal Ring celebrates is 400th birthday this year. One of the events related to this milestone is Chambres des Canaux.

During Chambres des Canaux, 20 historical canal houses are open to the public. These houses are privately owned by either individuals or foundations, and are normally off limits to the interested tourist.

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Chambres des Canaux takes place from the 1st until the 17th of November. The houses are not just interesting to be visited because of their iconic status. These historical canal houses also serve as an art gallery. Famous artists from around the world are on display. It’s a unique combination of history and contemporary art. Expect the very best of the international art world such as Marlene Dumas, Fiona Tan and Guido van der Werve.

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The theme of the expo is The Tolerant Home. It’s a dedication to the famed tolerance of Amsterdam. For centuries our beautiful city has been a refuge for people who weren’t welcome elsewhere. In modern time this tolerance is most visible in the red light district.

One of the most exciting canal houses to visit is the traditional home of Amsterdam’s mayor on the Herengracht. Other examples of great locations are the Amstel Church, The House with the Heads, Keizersgracht 584 (Marlene Dumas) and a houseboat on the Prinsengracht.

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Tickets to Chambres des Canaux are available at the VVV offices (tourist bureaus) , MacBike and the Westerkerk. You buy one ticket which will give you 1 time access to each of the 20 locations. You can choose any day you want between now and the 17th of November. More information here.

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