Whether you arrive on foot, by boat or on your bicycle, it is an impressive view; the corner of the Herengracht and the Leidsegracht. This has everything to do with the geometry of the buildings, the rhythm of embankments and bridges, the binding
power of the water and the cadence of the façades. In the 17th century, a sturdy framework was made here with imposing outlines, but inside there was much scope for variation and change, both during the construction of the canal ring and in the centuries that followed.
Aside from the building and architecture, the corner upon which the Museum of the Canals is situated also has historical importance. The construction of the canal ring took place (roughly speaking) in two phases, that are also called the “Third Expansion” (1613) and the “Fourth Expansion” (1662). The Leidsegracht marks the boundary between these two expansion phases.