The Biblical Museum in Amsterdam is clearly all about one book – the Bible!
Bijbels Museum (in Dutch) is located in the Canal District on Herengracht 366 and 368. Established since 1975, it occupies two patrician houses built for a merchant named Jacob Cromhout in 1662, by the architect Philips Vingboons. Entry to this museum allows you access to Cromhout House.
My museum visit started with Cromhout House section. I admired the architecture and learnt about the family’s wealth, influence and history throughout generations. These were laid out on two floors. I have always wondered about the inside of such majestic house. So it was a welcome opportunity to wander through an old, authentic, grand Dutch patrician house.
The Biblical Museum itself is small. It has religious artifacts, relics, replica models and of course Bibles. The most notable bible is the oldest first translated Bible printed in the Netherlands (1477 Delftse Bijbel) and the first edition of the 1637 Dutch Authorized Version. All these are glorified within one floor.
Lastly, an attic with a showcase about religious festivals in and around the Netherlands. ‘Holiday! In the City’ is about old stories and traditions celebrated nowadays. This section is great for kids.
Audio guide in multiple languages is available for free at the reception. There is a quaint little café at basement level. Have a walk around to find the centuries old kitchen!
The Biblical Museum is rather off the tourist path. Is it worth a visit? Well, it is certainly great for religious patrons and history fanatics. I am neither. My Museum Card allows me free entry. It was educational after all. I would not have paid for it though.
Link in English: http://www.bijbelsmuseum.nl/en/biblical-museum
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 11am -5pm
Entrance fees: €8.50 (adults), €4.25 (5-18yrs) and kids 0-4 yrs are free.
Free entry for Museum Card holder and other cards.
Check site for more details and current exhibitions.