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‘Our Lord In The Attic’ Amstelkring Museum

Our Lord in The Attic’ is a 17th century church hidden in a merchants house. The museum includes 17th century religious artifacts.

Located in the center of Amsterdam on the outskirts of the Red Light District – just two blocks north of the Old Church – this is one of Amsterdam’s oldest museums. First renovated in 1661 by merchant Jan Hartman, the house gives a good impression of how rich merchants lived during Holland’s Golden Age. But the museum also includes a unusual, hidden treasure: a Roman Catholic church, built for Hartman’s son, who was studying to become a priest.

During much of the 17th century Roman Catholic worship was banned in Amsterdam. However, some Catholics continued to worship in hidden churches, of which “Our Lord in The Attic” is the only surviving example.

Local Catholics worshipped here from 1663 to 1887, when the nearby St. Nicolaaskerk was built.

Guided Tours

It is possible to visit Museum Amstelkring, Our Lord in the attic, with assistance from a guide from the Museum. A guided tour (max. 20 persons per guide) takes about one hour and cost Monday – Friday (both days incl.) € 40,00, and in the weekend € 45,00. It is also possible to request a special tour for children. You have to make a reservation in the Museum for a guided tour at least one week in advance by phone or in person.

Weddings and Receptions

The Hidden Church “Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder” (Our Lord in the attic) is a totally unique location for a wedding. The marriage certificate can be signed in the 17th century Sael.

A number of rooms in the museum can be used for special receptions.

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 10.00 -17.00 (10 AM – 5 PM)
Sunday and holidays 13.00 – 17.00 (1 PM – 5 PM)
Closed on January 1 and April 30

Address & Contact Information

Museum Amstelkring
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40 [Map: Map24.com]
1012 GE Amsterdam
Phone: 020 624 6604 [Amsterdam phone info]

Website: Museum Amstelkring: “Our Lord In The Attic”
Email: info@museumamstelkring.nl

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This post was last updated: Jan. 4, 2017    

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