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Bible Museum (Bijbels Museum)

Address: Herengracht 366-368, 1001 AK Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Jordaan)
Phone Number: 31 20 624 2436
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Ranked #193 of 246 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I wish that I'd read the reviews before going here. I too expected to see some rare biblical texts, but instead was subjected to tedious displays of knick knacks, not so old bibles, and entire rooms which apparently depicted biblical scenes. At least that's what I thought, but you could have fooled me-everything was written only in Dutch, which is... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Was disappointed with this museum. Most of the signs were not translated so we learned very little. We saw some nice pieces but have no idea what they were.

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San Clemente, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This "museum" is really an ordinary canal house which focuses on everything but bibles. Except for an tiny room in a basement, little of a biblical nature can be found here. Instead other religions and social agendas are celebrated here.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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87 reviews 87 reviews
55 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

The building this is set in is lovely overlooking a canal, but the main emphasis seemed to be the canal house history rather than the bible aspect. Most of the bibles are found in a basement room and could easily be missed. Disappointing if one went solely for the bibles.

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269 reviews 269 reviews
203 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

First we took the lift to the 3rd floor where we can see the collection of Leendert Schouten from the 19th century. There is a replica of Jerusalem and also a model of tabernacle. In the attic there is an exhibition for the children but it is also interesting for the adults. Some old bibles are displayed in a small... More 

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Milan, Italy
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153 reviews 153 reviews
35 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This is a house that uses a bombastic name in order to attract visitors. Like many others I was lured into this "museum" hoping to see ancient bibles and info on the history of biblical scholarship in the Netherlands. Instead, I saw a few bibles (most not ancient) with hardly any info and a mish mash of old paintings and... More 

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448 reviews 448 reviews
260 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

This museum was a major disappointment. They had one room of bibles in 2 cabinets. All but three were closed. They didn't even label the oldest one and provide a little history. The only thing of interest was the dutch kitchen in the basement. But this had nothing to do with what I was expecting to see in a bibles... More 

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Paris, France
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The museum was under renovation on our visit so there was practically nothing to be seen. Glad we were using our Iamsterdam Pass as did not feel like got ripped off. we were in and out in about 10 minutes after viewing family portraits.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We visited this museum on recommendation of fellow hotel guests but we were very disappointed. Two floors were closed for renovation (we were warned about this) but there was no reduction in entrance fee and so we saw very little for our money. "Lovely garden" - I think not, small and rather unappealing, we had to look for the biblical... More 

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Rabat, Morocco
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266 reviews 266 reviews
116 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

So, to be clear, there are actually lots of Bibles in the museum. But they are all in one room, and that room is a relatively small part of the museum. Still, apparently the oldest Bible printed in the Netherlands is there, so that's pretty neat. The rest of the collection is exactly what a 19th century Biblicist would be... More 

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