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“Maybe Bibleish Museum?”

Bible Museum (Bijbels Museum)
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Skip the Line: Amsterdam and Holland Pass
Ranked #173 of 517 things to do in Amsterdam
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Rabat, Morocco
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“Maybe Bibleish Museum?”
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 expected to collect: mummies, Egyptian artifacts, and Near Eastern artifacts that show what life in the first and late second millennium BCE would have been like. The collection was used to illustrate the sermons on Rev. Leendert Schouten, who put the collection together. Also, there are really fun little models that I could have looked at all day.

All told, this is a VERY small museum, but if you have the museumkaart and at least a passing history in Bible or religious history in the 19th century, it is well worth a peek.

Visited June 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Strange Museum in a Beautiful Location”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

I discovered this 'curate's egg' of a museum from the list on the excellent Museumkaart. It is located in a charming, quiet part of town alongside a beautiful canal. The museum comprises two adjacent original 17th Century townhouses and sells itself as a 'Bible Museum'. This seems to me very close to contravening any trades description laws that may exist in The Netherlands. Sure, there are some bibles. A nice little collection of leather and silver bound volumes that occupy one small room. As far as I could see that was it! The rest of the house consisted of an ill-assorted mixture of contemporary art exhibits, the collection of a 19th Century priest that included rather dull scale models of Jerusalem, assorted (mostly Judaic) religious objects and two rather tatty Egyptian mummies! Very odd. In another room there was a small exhibition of ancient statues of 'Gods' that looked very uninspiring and from which I was rudely ejected having chosen not to pay the extra three Euros to see it. To be honest the best thing about this museum is the buildings it is housed in. I think its overpriced if you are paying the individual entry, but worth a visit if you have the Museumkaart (or any of the other cards that allow multiple entry). If not, Id probably pass!

Visited June 2013
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“Interesting collection”
Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

I knew nothing of this place until my fiancée told me about it on our first morning in Amsterdam. It wasn't really on our list of things to see but we dropped in to buy the museum card and decided to look around.

With that in mind I wasn't expecting anything but a few old bibles. There is that, although if that's what you are after you may be dissapointed - It is not an extensive collection by any means. What was impressive is the private collection of Egyptian artifacts, and an embalmed body and even a head. Again the collection isnt big but items are interesting. There is some interesting art to see too.

For me the nicest part was the building itself. It's a beautiful Dutch house with a beautiful garden out back. Spare time for a coffee there.

All in all a relaxing and quiet place, well suited to us after a 30 hour transit. Also handy place to pick up the museum card. 30min to 1 hour should be enough, plus coffee time.

Visited June 2013
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“You have to hunt to find the bibles!”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

An interesting building with a mix of exhibits including temporary displays and an old kitchen perfectly preserved. However we kept wondering why it was called the Bible Museum until we followed the signs for the toilets in the basement and sure enough, beyond the toilets, was an unmarked open space full of those elusive bibles and quite interesting, specially the ones that were secret boxes containing, not bibles, but frogs, a white lily, a crucifix and various other biblical references. There is also a room - again well hidden - between the café seating area and the garden where you can smell biblical smells (rose, pomegranate, almond etc).

Visited June 2013
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“Bible Museum not what I expected”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

The Bible Museum in Amsterdam was not quite what I was expecting. The description its web page set a high level of expectation for someone interested in Bible history. However, while the exhibits available were interesting, most of the detailed explanations were presented in Dutch leaving the English speaking visitor at a loss. In addition, the exhibits focused mainly on pre Bible archeology until we found an small unmarked room in the basement which contained a few bookcases with numerous Dutch Bibles most of which were shelved and closed.

During our visit there was a separate special exhibit (for an additional fee) on Feminine Art which we did not view but, to us, did not appear to be particularly related to the bible. Many rooms were empty and appeared to be under renovation.

We were disappointed.

Visited June 2013
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