The Bijbels Museum is one of Amsterdam’s most unique museums. Located within the Cromhouthuis, this museum explores the Bible and religion with stories and exhibits of holy objects and interesting artifacts.
BIJBELS MUSEUM • LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE BIBLE IN DUTCH SOCIETY
In the museum you’ll find displays of beautiful old bibles with silver covers and clasps. Head up the carved staircase to see clay tablets and fragments of papyrus. Pick up a free audio guide to learn about the Bible’s influence on Dutch society.
The models of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and the Tabernacle are fascinating. The audio guide explains what you see in the model as well as the stories of how the models were made and acquired by the museum.
Upstairs on the 3rd floor is a children’s museum with more models and information about religious holidays.
Don’t miss the lowest level of the museum and entrance to the garden. You’ll find the cafe, the house’s historic kitchen and an interesting exhibit about fragrances used in religion as incense, perfume, oils and spices.
In the nicer months head out to the beautiful garden and see the plants which are mentioned in the bible such as papyrus, figs, roses and date palm. You’ll also notice sculptures with religious meanings. You can enter the gardens on a regular visit to the museums or check them out during Open Tuinen Dagen in the springtime.
Canal house museums are some of our favorites in Amsterdam. If you like the Bijbels Museum and Cromhouthuis also check out Huis Marseille, Museum Van Loon, Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis, Rembrandthuis and Ons Lieve Heer Op Solder.
A visit to the Bijbels Museum includes entry to the Cromhouthuis, a glimpse into the canal homes of a very wealthy and influencial Amsterdam family.
Herengracht 366-368, Amsterdam