The Biblical Museum (Bijbelsmuseum) in Amsterdam is one of the oldest museums in Netherlands. It is located in 2 of the Cromhout houses on the Herengracht canal.
The museum contains a unique collection of Judeo-Christian artefacts.
The Houses: Commissioned in 1660 by wealthy merchant Jacob Cromhout, the 4 canal houses were designed by Dutch architect Philips Vingboons and completed in 1662. The main house was acquired by the Dutch Bible Association in the 19th century.
The main highlights of the house include a magnificent oval staircase which was made in 1717, the rear hall with Jacob de Wit ceiling painting and 2 preserved kitchens.
At the rear there is a fine landscaped garden with biblical plants, pond and sculptures.
The Collection: The museum was founded by Dutch minister Leendert Schouten (1828-1905) who's life work was undoubtedly his construction of the Tabernacle model - which depicts the portable shrine of the Israelites after their exodus from Egypt. It can be viewed on the upper floor - which also has some antiquities from Egypt including mummified remains.
The vaulted cellar contains the Bible Room with a rich collection of bibles from original clay tablets (3000BC) to 17th century illustrated Dutch bibles. Here you will find some activity tables for kids.
Bibjelsmuseum Essential Info
Opening Times: 1100-1700 (Tue-Sun), closed Mondays.
Admission Prices (2016): Adults pay €8.50, children 5-18 pay €4.25. Free entry for children 0-4, Museumkaart and Iamsterdam card holders. Special exhibitions attract a small supplement. Guided group tours can be booked at least 2 weeks in advance and cost an additional €60 per group.
Getting There: The museum is located on the Herengracht canal a short walk from either Spui or Koningsplein/Leidsestraat (trams 1,2,5).
Herengracht 366-368, Amsterdam
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