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Museum Amstelkring

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Museum Amstelkring.

Museum Amstelkring features in these preplanned City Guides:

5-day Amsterdam City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • A peaceful oasis of tranquility
  • Hidden Catholic church

Time required: 60 minutes

Phone: +31 20 624 66 04

Web site:

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm
Sundays and public holidays: 1pm - 5pm
January 1 and April 30: Closed


Ticket type Charge
General: 8 €
Ages 6 - 18: 4 €
Under 6: Free

Public transport:

  • Tram Line 1: Central Station stop
  • Tram Line 2: Central Station stop
  • Tram Line 5: Central Station stop

Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40, 1012 GE, Amsterdam

Things you need to know:

  • The attic of a 17th-c. canal house in the Red Light District conceals the Museum Amstelkring or Museum Our Lord in the Attic
  • The museum is a fine example of hidden Catholic churches established after the Alteration; local Catholics worshiped here between 1663 and 1887
  • After Amsterdam became Protestant in the 17th c. Catholics lost their right to worship in their own way; so they did it secretly in clandestine churches like this one
  • The church was created in 1661 when Jan Hartman, a Catholic merchant, combined the attic of his house with the attics of two adjacent houses
  • The church was extended and remodeled in Baroque style in 1735; this is when the galleries were also installed
  • Catholic services and weddings are still hosted in the museum
  • The lower floors of the building house a museum with refurbished rooms, various religious artifacts, paintings and a collection of church treasures

What to do there:

  • Pick up a free floor plan and follow the suggested tour of the museum
  • If you are confused at first, don't worry - all the rooms are clearly marked and you won't miss anything

Tips & Insights:

  • Currently restoration works are carried out. The museum can be visited nonetheless

Museum Amstelkring features in these preplanned City Guides: