Our Lord in the Attic Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder

Our Lord in the Attic Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder

Our Lord in the Attic Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Hidden in the heart of the city centre of Amsterdam is a small wonder: Our Lord in the Attic Museum. Visitors will be going on a journey in a unique well-preserved canal house from the 17th century. Narrow corridors and stairs lead to historically decorated living quarters, kitchens and bedsteads, ending in what is literally the highlight of the museum: a complete church in the attic.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
How to get there
  • Centraal Station • 4 min walk
  • Nieuwmarkt • 5 min walk
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  • Mark N
    7 contributions
    Innovative Response to Access Challenge
    A fascinating museum unlike anything I have seen elsewhere. I must specially commend the provision for disabled visitors. Like many old buildings, it has proved difficult to provide access. Rather than give up, they provide a “covisit” facility; whereby a companion explores the museum guided by the disabled visitor, maintaining full audio/visual contact. I have never encountered this before. It was an innovative response to an impossible situation and allowed us to explore together. Frankly it was tremendous fun. I wish others were as innovative.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 2, 2023
  • S M
    London, United Kingdom123 contributions
    Second oldest museum in Amsterdam
    Original 1600s house with its little changed interiors. Entry via next door house with modern facilities. Basement floor links to the old house which has six floors. The top 3 floors contain the hidden Catholic church, the bottom 3 floors used by the family. We spent longer than the 1 hour visit we anticipated. Free audio tour, some original narrow wooden staircases to negotiate.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 4, 2023
  • Kya R
    7 contributions
    Charming and atmospheric
    This is a little diamond that might be missed by visitors hurrying through the city. The house is really lovely and delivers a real idea of life for a well off family living by the canals. The church itself is breathtaking despite its small size. Thanks to the brilliant staff. Included on the IamAmsterdam card, it should not be missed.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 21, 2023
  • david n
    Manchester, United Kingdom4,729 contributions
    Very interesting ..
    .. that Catholics had to hide (= not display) their churches at one time. Lovely church but doesn't take long to go around and if you don't have e.g. an IAmsterdam card at 16 Euros is quite expensive.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 2, 2023
  • Sharon B
    20 contributions
    Lovely museum - very interesting
    Really interesting and well presented museum. Very friendly staff on the front desk. The entrance is in an adjacent property and after watching a short film you walk through to the house below street level. The house itself is intersting to see although quite empty but the church is stunning. Really good audio guide once you've worked out how to use it (there were pictures to show you but we couldn't quite understand it).
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 11, 2023
  • Amanda&Chris
    Petersfield, United Kingdom95 contributions
    Definitely worth an hour of your time!
    Recommended by a work colleague and really glad we took the recommendation. Interesting to learn some history and see how the Dutch lived in times past. Excellently preserved. Very friendly and helpful staff.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 11, 2023
  • Janet K
    Houston, Texas3,971 contributions
    Worth seeing
    First, obviously, be sure to look for the signs that say Museum Ons'Lieve Heer Op Solder and not expect to see it in English “Our Lord in the Attic” otherwise you will walk right past it. The front entrance appears modern but you quickly enter and “step back in time”. It is very interesting to see the inside of the house and then the church and one realizes the depth of faith to continue to practice their religion. Plan to spend an hour or so…
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 26, 2023
  • Amy M
    46 contributions
    Unique historical museum
    Although Amsterdam has several world class museums, this was my favorite museum because it captures such a unique period of history. It is the only remaining hidden Catholic Church of the ~21 that existed when Catholics were prohibited from worshipping openly. I was struck by the ingenuity of the architects who built the church across the attics of three houses. When inside the church don’t miss the video showing the hidden pulpit.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 28, 2023
  • Smurf53
    Dublin, Ireland73 contributions
    Fascinating story
    This was a fascinating and well presented museum. A simple audio device that you could activate at various points along the tour told you all the details and I noticed there was a separate children's one. It is spread over several floors up and down lots of narrow stairs but lots of people of all ages were managing fine. Really interesting place to visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 6, 2023
  • Normacarolyn
    12 contributions
    A wonderful exploration of a church hidden within a house, built in thec1660s.
    We were fortunate enough to squeeze a quick visit to this fascinating Church into our travel experiences. We were amazed at the ability of the faithful to continue to worship, even when this was forbidden.! A true tribute, and the site is beautifully maintained. Attending staff were very pleasant and helpful and the audio system/ earpieces gave just enough information .... fascinating.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 11, 2023
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Hannah D
2 contributions
Jun 2022
The museum itself is interesting, and we enjoyed ourselves.

However, the treatment I received was unacceptable. I had purchased two full-price adult tickets and one student ticket. Plans changed, so only my father and I were able to go. Therefore, we had paid for an unusable ticket, but we were fine with that. When we arrived, however, the man at the desk checking tickets treated me so poorly I almost walked out. I showed him 2 of the 3 QR codes without checking which they were, and one of them was the student ticket. I’m a university student in a different country, so, as I was attempting to read a translation of the website, I saw a student ticket and purchased it. It was unclear that I needed a specific international student card, and even looking at the website now, I've never heard of the specific card required. But oh well, we still had an extra ticket that would get me in at full-price. However, the staff member did not allow me to explain or show him the ticket, instead shrugging, aggressively shaking his head at me, and gesturing at the computer dismissively. He treated me like an unintelligent piece of trash. He scolded me in a wildly inappropriate tone, saying that “‘mistakes’ (air quotes were his) like these cost museums money, and you need to be more careful.” As a young woman, I felt this was extremely condescending and thoughtless. He assumed so many things about me without letting me speak for myself at all. I am not a child who needs reprimanding; I am a tourist who did her best to plan and purchase tickets for everything so that we could appreciate Amsterdam.

For the record, I wholeheartedly support museums, and I’m considering working in one in the future. I travel regularly, and student discounts are standard. I often donate a bit of money at the end of the experience if I feel it was good, especially in places that charge less for tickets, because I love museums and recognize their importance to culture and history. Obviously, I was not inclined to do that in this instance. If I hadn’t wanted to support the museum, I wouldn’t have gone. Additionally, I contacted the museum directly to address this issue, and they did not reply.

I’ve never been spoken to like that before, and it should never have happened. As much as I liked the museum, the experience was ruined and the memory tainted by this disrespectful staff member. I have to wonder if he is always this way, or if it would have been less of an issue if my father had been the one talking to him.
Written June 26, 2022
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Vieuxcarre
New Orleans, LA268 contributions
Oct 2019
What a lovely and very special experience visiting this unique museum. Someone at our hotel said it was something not to be missed, and he was right. The introductory film provides an excellent overview of the importance it holds to the history of Amsterdam - be sure you do not miss it before your stay. Due to it not being on a routine "top ten list", the museum is easily accessed, not crowded all. There is a wonderful cafe providing tea, homemade soups and sandwiches, which was excellent. The only word of caution is that there are a lot of steps, so if a traveler has a difficult time in that regard, this would not be an ideal place to visit.
Written February 11, 2020
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Gijsbert
8 contributions
Jan 2020
The museum is spread over two buildings, one the actual residence with the church in the attic and the entrance, shop and restaurant in the building next to it. What ever your religion or lack of one, this is really worth the visit and a reminder what freedom of faith today means. The people at the time this church was created did not have this freedom, hence the church hidden in the attic. Go there and enjoy!
Written January 29, 2020
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Emerald1SteelCity
Southport, UK37 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
With the pound so weak against the Euro this is quite poor value for money for us Brits. 31 euros for a family of 3 I doubt that I would pay anywhere near this much at home. A very small museum. But very well done. Very clean. A fascinating trip around a Dutch merchants home. The church in the attic is lovely and well kept. Very clean. Social distancing maintained. An excellent audio tour is part of the entrance fee. You would be hard pressed to spend an hour here even if you lingered. I think we spent just under an hour here and we like visiting historical monuments and churches. I would not visit here with young children. Lots of steep narrow steps, only visit if your mobility is good.
Written August 5, 2020
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YasinDenmamode
Mauritius113 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
The entrance is modern and almost cold
But don't be fooled by this. This clandestine church is housed in the attic of a house. To reach there, you go through the three storeys of the ancient home and can have a glimpse of how life was: kitchen, rooms, stores...

The church is at the top. Baroque and small, it still holds the atmosphere of the solemn clasdestine faith. The paintings and organ are amazing.

Going down, you have to go through the priest's home and can have an idea of how he lived, which gives more in depth insight of how life was in that house.
Written March 9, 2020
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AnnaWallman
Gothenburg, Sweden255 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a wonderful experience, at least if you can do stairs! The houses are from the 16th century and when the whole country was turned protestantic, a merchant decided to turn the upper floors into a catholic church to continue services. It stayed a catholic church for over 200 years. Authentic living quarters and church, really don't miss it!
Written February 16, 2020
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david n
Manchester, UK4,729 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
.. that Catholics had to hide (= not display) their churches at one time. Lovely church but doesn't take long to go around and if you don't have e.g. an IAmsterdam card at 16 Euros is quite expensive.
Written April 2, 2023
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Simon W
3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This museum was an excellent find recommended by a friend. A really interesting and very well preserved and presented museum.
Navigating around the Museum was easy and the recorded guide easy to use and very informative.
We only interacted with staff at the reception desk but they were friendly, efficient and helpful.
It took about 60-90mins for our group to complete a tour of the museum.
Written January 24, 2024
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JaneE
Worcestershire, UK39 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
A very well set out canal house museum. It is lit in such a way as to recreate how the house would’ve been in the living areas, basically not light at all.
The church in the attic is quite staggering in terms the effort gone to in creating it.
Some excellent views across the city from the higher windows.
Do use the audio guide and take the time to sit and go through the short 3 min introduction as well as looking at the model of the house.
Well worth the visit.
Written October 11, 2023
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Thank you for your fantastic review! We're thrilled you enjoyed the ambiance and the view! And it's lovely to hear you enjoyed our audio guide during your visit! We look forward to welcome you back again in the future!
Written October 18, 2023
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chalfontscott
Chalfont, PA57 contributions
Apr 2022
Amazing structure and well worth the visit. During the reformation, well to do Catholic families would construct churches in their homes in order to worship with their friends in secret. Amazing that any survived but this one is in pristine condition. Take an hour or two to visit and marvel at what people would do in order to worship as they wanted.
Written April 20, 2022
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