The Bible Museum Amsterdam is located in the two beautiful Cromhout houses on the Herengracht and is the oldest museum in the Netherlands. On the upper floors of the two buildings you cannot only see the oldest Bible printed in the Netherlands and admire the first translation, you also learn a lot about the origin of the Bible and its influence on Dutch society. Also, archaeological finds from ancient Egypt and the Jewish-Christian culture can be admired.
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The history of the Bible Museum
The Bible Museum is housed in the iconic Cromhout Houses, built in 1662 by architect Philips Vingboons. Pastor Leendert Schoute laid the fundamental for the museum with his tabernacle model and opened the doors to his private collection in 1852. In 1975, the museum moved into the Cromhout houses. The museum also houses the oldest Bible printed in 1477 in the Netherlands, as well as the first translated edition from 1637
What you can see there
The museum gives visitors an insight into the life of the time when the Bible has its roots. The most varied archaeological finds, as well as other artefacts, clay tablets and fragments of papyrus can be admired. Also objects of the Jewish-Christian religion are a part of this exhibition. The exhibition is divided into the Bible Hall, the Schoutenkabinett and a temporary exhibition. Also the museum garden is highly recommended. It is a beautiful place of rest in the middle of Amsterdam.
Once a year, the Bible Museum organizes a day on which to appreciate its Bible, if it is older than 1900, by the expert Ton Bolland.