The Cromhout House (Cromhouthuis) in Amsterdam is a large 17th century merchant house on the Herengracht canal. The Biblical Museum (Bijbelsmuseum) on the top floor is one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands.
The Cromhouthuis has been closed permanently from 1 June 2020. The collection is to be distributed to other museums in the Netherlands.
The Cromhout House: Commissioned in 1660 by wealthy merchant Jacob Cromhout, there are actually 4 canal houses together which were designed by Dutch architect Philips Vingboons and completed in 1662.
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 house features the collections of the Cromhout family including portraits, paintings, silver, period furniture and an assortment of curiosities.
The Biblical Museum: The top floor museum contains a unique collection of Judeo-Christian artefacts. The main house was acquired by the Dutch Bible Association in the 19th century.
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.
There are also some antiquities from Egypt including mummified remains.
The vaulted cellar in the house contains the Bible Room with a rich collection of bibles from original clay tablets (3000BC) to 17th century illustrated Dutch bibles.
The Café Cromhout is the museum café which serves drinks and snacks.
Cromhouthuis / Biblical Museum Essential Info
|Getting There||The Cromhuut House is located on the Herengracht canal close to Spui. From Amsterdam Central it is about 15 mins walk or take trams 2 or 12 to Spui.|
Cromhouthuis/Biblical Museum, Herengracht 366-368, 1016 CH Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 624 2436, cromhouthuis.nl