Being a houseboat owner I noticed how curious passers-by were about its interior. I was bombarded with questions. How are you supplied with water and electricity? Where does the waste water go? Isn’t it cold, damp and dark onboard? All questions to which people desired an answer. And so the idea to open up a houseboat to the public arose; the Houseboat museum opened in 1997. Now visitors can see for themselves what it’s like to live on a houseboat in Amsterdam. Please come and visit the “Hendrika Maria”, and feel right at home!