The Biblical Museum resides in an ancient building situated at Herengracht canal. The museum in Amsterdam city exhibits objects that trace Bible’s history and the influences the Holy Book of Christianity had left on fine arts and society as a whole. The museum shows life in Palestine and Egypt at the creation of Bible via an artifact and archaeological collection and through models of temples reconstructed especially for that.
Tourists can come across a reconstruction of Tabernacle and Temple Mount when visiting the Biblical Museum with guides on a tour Amsterdam program. The Tabernacle was modeled after a 19th Century shrine constructed by Israelites following their mass departure from Egypt, while the sacred place above old Jerusalem’s Western Wall alludes to religious faiths of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.
This museum is a must-visit when on private day tours Amsterdam, not only to check out the artifacts but also age-old Bibles including one that was printed in 15th Century Holland and its Dutch translation published in the 17th Century. The publishing of translated Bible coincided with Dutch War of Independence and the early usage of Dutch as a religious language.
The former patrician houses the museum occupies today were built for a Dutch merchant during 17th Century and they are a sight to behold. A sign placed on the roof or gable of the building displays its former owners’ name in alphabets ‘crom hout’, which translates to bent wood.
The interior of the museum are adorned with 2 garden rooms. It also features an English-style wooden staircase that leads its way to exhibit floors upstairs housing 18th Century paintings by Dutch artist Jacob de Wit.
Visits to the Biblical Museum would feel like coming to terms with private collections of members of the clergy. It would also feel off the beaten paths, a touch old-fashioned, and a peaceful day out in Amsterdam above all else.
The museum on Herengracht 368 stays open 11:00 am to 05:00 pm from Tuesdays to Sundays. A tour crew consisting of thirty people can arrange a tour of the Biblical Museum. Note that the guided tour that lasts 1 hour would cost 70 Euros per 15 participants, excluding the admission price. If you want to get to grips with a unique chapter, you will have to book tickets two weeks prior to the coveted visit.