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Museum Ons'Lieve Heer Op Solder

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Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38 | Red Light District, 1012 GD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 624 6604
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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An often over looked museum is the Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder - Our Lord in the Attic. This is an authentic home with a hidden church built in the home's attic after Amsterdam... read more

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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

An often over looked museum is the Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder - Our Lord in the Attic. This is an authentic home with a hidden church built in the home's attic after Amsterdam became strictly protestant. The house, which is typical from the outside, was built in 1663. The church is located on the top 3 floors of 3... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This secret church (now a museum) is completely hidden inside canal houses in the red light district. It was built and operated in secrecy by a wealthy businessman in the years that Catholicism was illegal. The interior church is surprisingly high and capacious (seats about 100), and very church-like, due to the hollowing out of a number of canal houses... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This really is a hidden gem that documents and displays so much of the city's history from centuries ago. To think that people had to construct houses of worship inside their own home to enable them to be able to pray is nothing short of remarkable. One would never guess from the outside of this small house that it accommodates... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It would be a mistake to think that this museum was only focused on the secret church - there is much more to it than that. It was in total a social history museum which led on the upper floor of one of the houses to a contemporary art work and a refection on toleration against the celebration of diversity.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a great trip to Amsterdam, but unfortunately the more famous museums and galleries had very long queues and, as we were there in March, it was a bit cold for outdoor queuing. But every cloud has a silver lining. We bought the Amsterdam City Card which included free entry to many other attractions that we probably wouldn't otherwise... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Fascinating and historical museum. Thoroughly enjoyed. Enjoyed all the exhibits as well as seeing the beautiful church in the attic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

There was no crowd when I was there and this surprised me. People really need to see this place (or similar places) and understand what religious discrimination is and why it is ridiculous. Forcing Catholics to worship in secret was a ridiculous idea, but this museum showed you it really happened in history. You don't have to be religious to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Takes you by surprise how individuals were so resourceful in times of adversity. Well worth a visit and the information system is brilliant for going at your own pace. No need to book but really informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a Tuesday just after opening ,so there were only a few other tourists there. The museum is right on the canal side and easy to find since the addition of a new entrance. Step through the glass and tile reception, return the smiles and greetings from the staff; and step back in time to another word and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In my opinion it was just ok. Of course it was interesting to see that catholic have to hide with their confesion, and it was interesting to see how it work, but in my opinion whole place was just ok. As the matter of fact it is normal, but small church inside. Of course it is interesting to hide it... 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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