You could venture into any street in Amsterdam and the probability that you find a specific museum there is much high. These museums could be about anything from art to photography, eroticism, medieval artifacts, cultural history, and many other subjects. In fact, Amsterdam boasts such an incredible diversity of museum about various subjects that you cannot find anywhere else.
The Bijbels Museum is one such place that you need to certainly visit during your Amsterdam tours. However, it is different from most other museums in Amsterdam, as it houses an extraordinary collection of bibles and religious items.
A Short History
Founded in 1852, the Bijbels Museum was one unique museum in Amsterdam that was popular among people mostly from the Christian faith. The current location of the museum on the Herengracht or Lord’s Canal was fixed in 1975 after it was relocated from its previous place. The building where the museum is now housed is a part of the Cromhouthuizen, which is a four-building complex. The origins of this Cromhouthuizen building can be traced back to the year 1662.
One of the notable attractions of the Bijbels Museum is its impressive collection of old Bibles and religious artifacts. The notable one being the oldest printed Bible in the entire Netherlands. The Dutch Authorized Version of 1637 and a facsimile of the famous Dead Sea scrolls are other noteworthy collections here. Besides, there are several relics and artifacts from ancient Egypt that are displayed in the Bijbels Museum.
In addition to that, the museum also features several replicas of various ancient Jewish temples when Solomon and Herod were in power. An interesting object in this collection is a model of the tabernacle that was the shrine where the Ark of the Covenant was placed.
Visiting Bijbels Museum
If you are into Christian history, visiting the Bijbels Museum is one thing that you should not miss during your Amsterdam tours. If visiting with your family, you will certainly find the “Story Attic for Children” exhibit interesting. It is a specific type of exhibit where some of the stories of the Bible are shown using a combination of light and sound.
The Bijbel Museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm. However, on Sundays, the museum will only open at 11:00 am. The charges for visiting the museum include 8 Euros for adults and 4 Euros for children aged 5 to 18. Entry is free for children aged below four.