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Museum Our Lord in the Attic

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38 | Red Light District, 1012 GE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 624 6604
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In the heart of Amsterdam's bustling centre lies one of the city's oldest...

In the heart of Amsterdam's bustling centre lies one of the city's oldest museums: Museum Our Lord in the Attic. Here visitors get to experience the Dutch Golden Age in a special way: a 17th-century house with a top floor converted into a Catholic church.

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Fascinating Museum

The museum is well worth a visit. It is very well curated, giving the visitor an excellent audio-tour detailing the history of the house and its occupants. You will learn about... read more

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Charlotte, NC USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum is well worth a visit. It is very well curated, giving the visitor an excellent audio-tour detailing the history of the house and its occupants. You will learn about the historical context of the secret Catholic churches in the Netherlands. The museum also talks about household life during the period. It takes roughly 45 minutes to do the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This historic place is great for a quick but really interesting visit. It is not a traditional museum where you are going to read many boards about items behind glass. This place has a gorgeous warm feel to it, a beautiful interior that is interesting to explore, set on several levels in a town house style building. I loved the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Others have described the museum. I just ant to add that this and the City Museum were our favorite places to view on this trip. The living spaces are so interesting, and th church is jaw dropping. The structure is VERY difficult to,tour becaus of the extremely steep and narrow staircases, but if you are spry, it is not to... More 

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Thank Deborah K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Amsterdam is a city known for tolerance, and perhaps no museum in the city helps to put this into perspective like the Our Lord in the Attic Museum. At a time when Catholicism was illegal, wealthy canal house owners banded together to create a secret church in their attics. Officials probably knew, but they chose to turn the other cheek.... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is worth going to. It is very interesting and it is easy to get a very good view of the entire thing in about an hour. It is in a not great part of town but just go during daylight as it is an area with many tourists. You won't see a museum like this anywhere else. Very... More 

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Holywell, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The main living area of this house is very dark but once you ascend to the top floor the light shines in to reveal a very different setting. You would not think it was part of the same building.

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Rayleigh, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we went here only as it was part of package deal and was passing. Glad we did. FREE audio guide, informative, well preserved and decorated in all rooms we were allowed in. Best out of all the museums we went to....I hate religion!

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Conway, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a multi-story building with winding staircases, taking you from the ground floor to the area where services were held privately. There is some interesting early furniture in the priest's quarters and in the kitchen; and lots of period Delft tiles on the kitchen walls.

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Galway, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum gives great insight into what it was like to live in Amsterdam in the 17th century. The dimly, lit corridors, authentic furniture and narrow stairs help to recreate this world. Then to finally arrive in the attic and see the church is an amazing experience. The audio tour is included in the entrance fee, it is excellent.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here on a recent trip as a place I would like. I LOVED it. You turn up, pay 10 Euros and walk into a very clinical and sterile white room. At that point I was ready to leave. But then you watch an introductory video and get transported into a 17th century Catholic hidey hole and the journey... More 

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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