Things to do in Amsterdam – Visit the Cromhouthuizen Museum

If you’ve visited Het Grachtenhuis Museum and are interested in taking a quick look inside of another historical canal house, consider a visit to Amsterdam’s Cromhouthuizen Museum. Though interesting, the Cromhouthuizen is probably not worth the time on its own, but with the I amsterdam City Card it’s worth a quick stop just to visit the house. And, it’s conveniently located just a few doors down from Het Grachtenhuis.

Built in 1662, the Cromhouthuizen property was commissioned by merchant Jacob Cromhout and designed by local architect Philips Vingboons – known for his designs of several of Amsterdam’s canal houses, including Het Grachtenhuis Museum.

A tour of the Cromhouthuizen takes you through the various rooms of this ‘urban palace‘, and though stripped of most of the period furnishings, gives visitors an idea of the extravagant lifestyle enjoyed by one of Amsterdam’s wealthy Golden Age families. Typical of the time, some of the rooms are used for displaying artwork; in the Large Salon (Grote Zaal) you’ll see a collection of biblical and religious themed works, and in the Dining Room (Eetkamer) you’ll see the portrait gallery (this one filled with paintings of the Backer family). Of particular note within Cromhouthuizen are the ceiling panels with paintings by Amsterdam artist Jacob de Wit, two original 17th century kitchens, and the elegant spiral stairway.

Your tour of the Cromhouthuizen Museum also includes a visit to the hortus conclusus, or ‘enclosed garden’, a tranquil space in the midst of a bustling city, and the Bijbels Museum founded with biblical artifacts from the private collection of the Reverend Leendert Schouten. Displayed here are relics from ancient Egypt and Jerusalem, 19th century models of temples and sacred shrines, and an amazing collection of historical texts and holy books, including the oldest bible printed in the Netherlands – it dates to 1477. Note the filigreed gold and silver book covers; these date from the 17th to the 20th century.

The Cromhouthuizen is located at Herengracht 366-368.

Ticket Info:

Adult Admission = 8.00€

FREE with the I amsterdam City Card

Combi Deal = With your ticket to Cromhouthuizen-Bijbels Museum, you’ll receive 3.00€ discount on one adult admission to your choice of the Amsterdam Museum, Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis, Museum Our Lord at the Attic or Museum Willet-Holthuysen.

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