About the Museum
The charming little Bijbels Museum of Amsterdam is one of the most important places for the three religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It is located in two houses located on the banks of the Rangergracht Canal, called "Cromhout Houses". The houses were built by architect Philips Vingboons.
In the museum you will find Bibles, including the first Bible printed in 1477 in the Netherlands and the first edition of the first official Bible of the Netherlands in 1637. Copies of Isaiah and the Dead Sea scrolls discovered in the Qumran caves, a famous archaeological site near the Dead Sea.
Among the exhibits in the museum you will see archaeological exhibits originating in ancient Egypt. Among them are oil lamps, clay tablets, tools and coins. There are also two kitchens built in the 17th century. Note also the ceiling paintings by the Dutch painter Jakob de Witt.
Among the models you can see in the museum is a model of the Temple Mount, a model of the Temple built by King Solomon and a model of the Temple built by Herod. The raw materials used to build these models are the same materials used in reality. Another fascinating model is the Ark of the Covenant that wandered with the Israelites in the desert for 40 years.
In the museum garden there are biblical plants, including spices that are designed to disperse odors that will give the atmosphere of a temple or ceremonies that were customary at that time.