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.
You might also like to visit the Portuguese Synagogue.
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.
Helpful hint: If you plan to visit more than three museums within the year, we recommend the Museumkaart for locals. The price of €59 is worth it as entrance to each museum is around €15-20 for adults. If you are visiting Amsterdam take a look at the iAmsterdam card which gives you free transport around the city as well as free entry to many museums and attractions in Amsterdam and Haarlem. Check here for more information and to purchase the iAmsterdam card online. Another option is the Holland Pass which grants free access to several museums and attractions, as well as discounts to others. Check here for more information on the Holland Pass.
Herengracht 366-368, Amsterdam
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