|Canals of Amsterdam, Woonbootmuseum|
It's not any cheaper living on a houseboat than living in an apartment. Some houseboats cost just as much as a house and are much smaller. Each one is unique and charming in its own way. The houseboats in
Amsterdam have been
adapted to modern living standards. They have heat, electricity, and modern plumbing.
If you ever wondered about the ins and outs of a houseboat and what it looks like inside, stop by the Woonbootmuseum in
It is located on Prinsengracht nearby many tourist sites such as the Anne
Frank House and . Bible
|Entrance to Woonbootmuseum|
The museum is self guided. Each patron is handed a laminated floor plan with descriptions of each room.The museum never gets too crowded and there is a little play area for children. The boat is less museum like and has more of a feel like popping into a friend or neighbor’s house.
It’s quite interesting inside and much different than you’d expect. There aren’t conventional bedrooms but two “cupboards” where people climb into to sleep. This boat had one bed for the parents and another for the children. It is a small space almost coffin like measuring about five feet by six by three. I learned that back in the early1900’s people were a lot smaller back then and this space was perfectly adequate.
The houseboat had a decent sized kitchen with plenty of skylights which allowed the natural light to pour in. Onward to the living room, this space was very large and had nice seating, a table, desk, television, and library. The back of the boat led to more rooms, a children’s playroom nook, another sleeping area, bathroom with shower, and storage area. The houseboat was nicely decorated and displayed many dioramas and models of what other houseboats looked like. There was also a video played about houseboat life and a mural on the wall explaining how houseboats float in relation to sea level.
|Examples of different houseboats.|
The Woonbootmuseum is educational and fun. It is amazing how the space is used and I could relate coming from a
perspective. The deck of the boat was even turned into a garden and patio.
Check out the Woonbootmuseum and experience this slice of life of Dutch