In Our Lord in the Attic in Amsterdam you’ll find a uniquely preserved seventeenth-century canal house dating back to the Dutch Golden Age. This museum will not only give you an idea about how people lived in those days, it also tells you about the religious history and tolerance in the Netherlands. The main religion in the 17th century was Protestantism; Our Lord in the Attic is the last, and best-preserved example of a “hidden church,” in which Catholics, who were unable to worship in public, held services. It’s the oldest museum in the city, second only to the world-famous Rijksmuseum.
Our Lord in the Attic is located on the oldest canal of the city and is a special place in the Red Light District that everyone should see when visiting Amsterdam. The museum completed a multi-year restoration project in late 2015, so the interior now sparkles.
A very interesting & novel museum, well explained through the presentations & multimedia. Nice bright airy cafe on first floor for lunch & drinks.
This museum is either interesting for visitor into religion (not me) or Amsterdam history (me). The lobby, shop and downstairs area a very modern and very well designed. The free audio tour was a great asset to the visit, worked perfectly and also meant that there were very few - if any - signs in the museum. Staff was great, the man who handed out the audio guides made sure everybody understood how it worked.
We visited first thing upon opening - so didn't come across the ladies in the windows (my wife wasn't keen on me window shopping). Very interesting and lovely church in this merchants house - well worth a visit - also has a cafe. Try the apple pie with cream - yummy.
This beautifully restored house and church is very impressive and tell an important history about how far people are willing to go when suffering from intolerance to religion. A place to visit!
We loved this amazing hidden place of worship situated in the attics of merchant’s town houses. It is beautifully decorated too. It is certainly worth visiting even if your tastes or interests do not usually run to visiting churches. It is unique in the real sense of the word.
This is not just a house that housed a secret Catholic worship space, but a wonderful look into life in Amsterdam in the 17th century. How did they sleep? What did they eat and where did they prepare it? How did they haul the bolts of cloth up into the attic storage? Where did the family hang out in the evenings? And of course the gem of the museum is the beautifully preserved secret church the owner carved out of the top 3 floors of his house. Be sure to watch the video about the hidden "fold out" pulpit that is concealed in the side of the altar! In the basement after you finish the tour are some donated/loaned bits of altarware, including two magnificent monstrances. This little museum is a real hidden treasure.
We decided to study this period of repression in Amsterdam history (Anti-Catholic) instead of the Anne Frank House because we have already seen the Anne Frank House once. I have to say, the Our Lord in the Attic Church museum is really worth the trip. Not only did we learn a lot about that period of time and see a beautiful interesting church, but we also got to see what life was like in the 1500's/1600's in Amsterdam. I really recommend this small museum. Really nice and not crowded.
This place has to be seen to be believed. Looks like a normal house from the outside but opens up to a wonderful place of worship. A testament to what can be achieved.