Amsterdam Sights

Bijbels Museum (Biblical Museum)

a fascinating expedition through the world of one the oldest and most-read books

Archaeological discoveries, artefacts from ancient Egypt, centuries-old models of the temple of Solomon and Herod, religious objects from the Judeo-Christian tradition and even aromas bring Bible stories to life for visitors to the Biblical Museum.

The museum is one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands and dates back to 1851, when rev. Leendert Schouten put his now world famous model of the Tabernacle - a wonderful reconstruction of the sacred shrine housing the Ark of the Covenant, which the Israelites carried with them during their exile in the desert under the leadership of Moses - on public display.

Displays centred on a model of the Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharîf in Jerusalem (by Conrad Schick, Jerusalem, 1879) explain the significance of this sacred place in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

A large-scale maquette from 1879 of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem

Clay tablets, fragments of papyrus and archaeological remains tell the fascinating story of the Bible's origin. About 1,000 bibles are on display, including rare examples.

the Cromhout houses

The Biblical Museum is housed in two stately buildings on the Herengracht, designed by the 17th-century renowned architect Philips Vingboons and commissioned by the Amsterdam merchant Jacob Cromhout in 1662.

The buildings still contain the original kitchens. Of special note is the elliptical English grand staircase running from the marble hall to the building's several floors. Two of the rooms have have ceiling paintings that were executed by Jacob de Wit and date from 1718 and 1750. The large garden, with pond, biblical plants and sculptures, is an oasis of rest.

The Biblical Museum is located in the Cromhout houses at the Herengracht

How to get there?

tram1, 2, 5 - stop Spui
parkingParkKing Kalverstraat

 click on image to enlarge map Bijbels Museum Amsterdam

Bijbels Museum

the Cromhout houses
Herengracht 366-368 (Canal Belt)

official website

Opening hours

Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon closed
Tue 11:00 - 17:00
Wed 11:00 - 17:00
Thu 11:00 - 17:00
Fri 11:00 - 17:00
Sat 11:00 - 17:00

Entrance fee

€ 4.255-18 years
free0-4 years

Biblical Museum Amsterdamthe building's elliptical English grand staircase