The building and the collection are a valuable reminder of the Lutheran past in Amsterdam and the Netherlands.
Luther Museum Amsterdam tells the story of the Lutherans in the Netherlands
The museum shows how a religious community made a new start, with its own manner of believing, and built on care for one another.
Wittenberg* was built as the Evangelical-Lutheran Diaconal house for the Elderly. It played a big part in the care of the poor, the elderly and orphans.
* Named after the place where Maarten Luther announced his 95 Theses for the reformation of the then church in 1517. That was what led to the reformation.
The building itself - comprising the governors' rooms, the corridor and the church hall - is the most important part of the heritage.
In the dining room you will find a huge painting of Luther, who is defending his religious beliefs on 2 April 1521 on the Reichstag in Worms.
In the rooms of the regents you will find stately paintings by the regents, beautiful silverware in the former linen room.
Nieuwe Keizersgracht 570
tram 14 Artis
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The Lutheran community in Amsterdam was founded at the end of the 16th century. In the 17th century about 20% of the population was Lutheran and many buildings are evidence of this, such as the Old Lutheran Church (1632) on Spui square, the Round Lutheran Church (1668) on the Singel, the Restored Lutheran Congregation Church (1792-1793) on Kloveniersburgwal and the Lutherhof courtyard (1907) in Amsterdam Oud-West.
The museum is located opposite the Hortus Botanicus in the peaceful Plantage neighbourhood of Amsterdam.
Other nearby attractions are: Hermitage Amsterdam, Magere Brug, National Holocaust Museum, Hollandsche Schouwburg and Artis Zoo. These are all on 5 minutes walking distance from the museum.