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Archaeological discoveries, artifacts from ancient Egypt, centuries-old models of the temple of Solomon and Herod, religious objects from the Judeo-Christian tradition and even aromas bring Bible stories to life for visitors to the Biblical Museum. It houses a famous 19th-century model of the Tabernacle: a wonderful reconstruction of the sacred shrine housing the Ark of the Covenant, which the Israelites carried with them during their exile in the desert under the leadership of Moses.
Displays centered on a model of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem explain the significance of this sacred place in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Clay tablets, fragments of papyrus and archaeological remains tell the fascinating story of how the Bible came into existence, and the influence it has had on Dutch society through the ages.
The Biblical Museum is housed in two historic buildings on the Herengracht canal in Amsterdam. The renowned architect Philips Vingboons built the houses for Amsterdam merchant Jacob Cromhout in 1662. This remarkable and atmospheric setting provides a home for the unique collection of one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands.
Models of temples, constructed with the utmost precision from precious materials, show how scholars through the ages have sifted through the tantalising clues given by archaeological finds and biblical texts in their attempts to solve the mystery of the design and appearance of the ancient temple of Solomon and Herod. The model of the Tabernacle, commissioned by the founder of the Biblical Museum, the Rev Leendert Schouten, is justly world-famous. This 19th century reconstruction of the portable shrine built by the Israelites after their exodus from Egypt was made as much as possible using the materials mentioned in the Bible. The awning, for example, was woven from goat’s wool which Schouten had specially imported from Syria, and the sand which surrounds it was brought from the Sinai desert.
The Biblical Museum houses a number of extraordinary Egyptian artefacts collected by Leendert Schouten in the 19th century. They were intended for display around the Tabernacle to give visitors an impression of the religious life of the ancient Egyptians. In addition to steles (inscribed stone slabs), shabtis (funerary figurines), canopic jars (for storing mummified remains), scarabs (sacred beetle emblems), statues of the gods and a sarcophagus, the collection includes a complete mummy of a young woman.
Since the 19th century archaeological discoveries have played an increasingly important role in biblical studies. Oil lamps, clay tablets, earthenware, shards of pottery and coins help to bring the biblical world to life.
The collection of Bibles includes the oldest Bible printed in the Netherlands, dating from 1477, and a first edition of the 1637 Dutch Authorised Version. Centuries-old Bibles tell the fascinating and sometimes hair-raising tale of the translation, printing and distribution of Bibles: a history which is closely interwoven with the development of the Netherlands as an independent state and the evolution of the Dutch language.
The Biblical Museum is located at the Herengracht 366-368
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Entrance tickets are non refundable
Museum Price adults: 8,50 euros
Museum Price children (5-18); 4,25 euros
Price small children (0-5): free
Monday to Saturday from 10:00-17:00
Sundays and holidays from 11:00-17:00
Closed on January 1st and Kingsday