amsterdam, the netherlands, travel

The Houseboat Museum

July 15, 2016

If you’re looking for something unusual to do in Amsterdam, the Houseboat Museum might be a good way to spend an hour or two, between the Anne Frank House and the Red Light District.

Amsterdam has no shortage of great museums, but some of them are on the more expensive side. If you’re on a budget, or you’re curious to find out more about houseboats, the Houseboat Museum is available to visit for €4.50 and is definitely an unusual experience.You can see what it is like to live inside a houseboat built for a family of four. The children’s room, the kitchen, living room/family space and adult’s bed are all designed as they would be for a real family, but the rest of the museum gives you detailed descriptions of how houseboats came to be and why so many people in Amsterdam choose to live on one.Surprisingly, seeing a houseboat from the inside did not satisfy my crazy desire to live in one. Ever since the Rosie and Jim days, houseboats were all I wanted, and then that tiny house craze happened and the organisational-tiny-living-weirdo in me wanted a houseboat even more. I imagined stepping inside a houseboat would make me instantly seasick, but the canals of Amsterdam are still enough – at least when I visited. In fact, I barely felt any movement, it was only the gentle sway of the hanging objects that reminded me we were actually on the water.Overall, the Houseboat Museum was charming and I would completely recommend a visit if you are ever in Amsterdam.

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