Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder

17th-century canal house with a hidden church

From the outside the church is not visible, but inside it occupies no less than 3 floors in 3 contiguous buildings.

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Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder (or in English: Museum Our Lord in the Attic) is Amsterdam's second oldest museum.

A hidden Catholic church tucked away in the attic of a 17th century merchant house.


A secret church

During the Reformation, in 1661, a merchant Jan Hartman bought 3 adjacent buildings. He and his family lived on the ground floor on the canal-side house. The loft he converted into a church: a secret church*.


* Catholic masses were officially forbidden in the 17th century (from 1578), but the protestant governors of Amsterdam turned a blind eye, provided the churches were not recognisable on the outside.

Organ

An important feature of the church is the organ, opposite the altar. It was built by Hendrik Meyer in 1794 especially for the church and is still regularly played.

Location

The museum is located in the oldest part of the city, close to Amsterdam's Red Light District and Chinatown.

Other nearby attractions are the Waag, a mediaeval city gate, and De Oude Kerk, Amsterdam's oldest church from around 1300.

Exhibitions

Delve through the narrow passageways, stairways and tiny nooks to uncover splendid works of art, ornate furniture and an atmosphere that will whisk you back in time.


Temporarily exhibition

exhibition

2 March 2021 - 7 November 2021


more impressions

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The Confessional Room. Photo by Arjan Bronkhorst
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Floor plan of the house
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Altar piece painted by Jacob de Wit
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