About the museum

Amsterdam’s Biblical Museum is where the Bible, art and culture meet. Unique items from the collection and personal stories take you on a journey of discovery through the world of the Bible. Temporary exhibitions inform you about the present-day meaning of the book that has been influential for our lives, beliefs an culture for centuries. The museum is located in the magnificent Cromhouthuis in Amsterdam.

Collection

The museum collection features exhibits including rare Bibles, archaeological finds, Egyptian artefacts, prints and paintings. Undisputed highlight is the oldest printed Bible in the Netherlands, dating back to 1477. The scale model of the tabernacle – the sacred shrine housing the Ark of the Covenant, which the Israelites carried with them, during their exile in the desert – and the church books with the gold and silver clasps from the Van Noordwijk Collection belong to the prized exhibits of the museum.

Discover more about the collection on our collection page.

The Bible Room

The Bible Room tells stories from and about the Bible with various themes and from personal perspectives. Treasures from the collection are presented together with objects from other museums, such as a small portrait of Jesus from the school of Rembrandt. Special cabinets with drawers contain collectors’ items, prints and personal stories. The Bible Room has also been designed as a place for learning offering space for study and interaction.

The Schouten Cabinet

The Schouten Cabinet houses the collection that Rev. Leendert Scouten (1828-1905) assembled. In 1852, he laid the foundations for the Biblical Museum with his famous scale model of the tabernacle. For building this model he tried to make use of as many materials mentioned in the Bible as possible. The awning, for example, was woven from goat’s wool that Schouten had specially imported from Syria and the scroll of the priest was made of real parchment. The model is surrounded by unique pieces from his collection, including an Egyptian mummy of a young woman.

Temporary exhibitions

What is the meaning of the Bible in this day and age? Young artists, designers and storytellers try to answer this question in temporary exhibitions. The exhibitions are subsequently shown at various locations in the Netherlands.

You can currently visit our presentation Rebecca, that’s me in the Bible Room at the Biblical Museum. The presentation shows works from the Jewish Museum Berlin of Jewish artists from the 19th and 20th century.

You can find an overview of our current exhibitions in our program.

Cromhouthuis

The Biblical Museum is housed on the top floors of two historic buildings on the Herengracht in Amsterdam, the Cromhouthuis. The renowned architect Philips Vingboons built the houses for Amsterdam merchant Jacob Cromhout in 1662. The family lived in these grand houses along the elegant canal for almost two centuries. To this day, their houses are just as impressive an splendid as they were in the Golden Age.

The attractive museum café is the ideal place to relax with a cup of coffee or a delicious lunch. And a visit to the private museum garden is a must – a green oasis of tranquillity in the bustling heart of Amsterdam.

Discover more about the Cromhouthuis and our museum café.