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
4.5
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
About
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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Neighbourhood: 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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  • weekak
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1,833 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning!
    This is such a great museum, a hidden gem. The staff were so friendly and accommodating, especially as I wear hearing aids and can’t really hear the audio, they went out of their way to provide me with reading materials instead which really helped. There are lockers to put your bags in as there are lots of small awkward steps to climb throughout and as you explore you will see very grand 17th century living quarters, a kitchen with the typical Dutch delft designs which I love and of course the highlight was the secret church in the attic! This was created when the right of Catholics to worship in public was taken away which was crazy to me but the church in the attic with its stunningly beautiful alter and organ that can also be viewed and admired from an upper level and was so eye catching and great to learn that mass is still held here. The gift shop had a lot of delft items to buy and other interesting pieces but all in all such a great experience and absolutely worth a visit!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 September 2023
  • Marwan Z
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates209 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceeded our expectations, must do!
    I was hesitating whether to visit or not, and didn't know what to expect. So glad that we did. The visit takes roughly an hour, and there's a lot to take in from history, culture and religion. The place is very well preserved, and definitely worth the time!
    We're delighted you chose to visit us and had a great experience! Thank you for your visit and positive feedback and we hope to see you again in the future!
    Written 18 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 October 2023
  • JaneE
    Worcestershire, United Kingdom89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely atmospheric museum/house
    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.
    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 18 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 October 2023
  • CoachJDC
    Bethesda, Maryland130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enchanting well preserved “hidden” church
    Historic Catholic Church built 250 years ago on top of three homes on the canal. The exhibits are superb and the church itself is mesmerizing. An audio tour takes you through the history and background. I found this fascinating…. Takes st least one hour with many narrow and difficult staircases
    Thank you for the fantastic review! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our historic house and exhibits. Your positive comments about the audio tour are much appreciated. We also value your feedback regarding the visit's duration; the stairs are certainly a challenge, but we hope the view was worth it! We look forward to welcoming you back for another visit in the future!
    Written 30 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 October 2023
  • Lydia V
    Apex, North Carolina32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem! Not to miss! Learn secular traditions of families who lived here, and the sanctuary hidden upstairs.
    This museum is a hidden gem. It is a home that is hundreds of years old, which hid a secret Catholic chapel in it’s attic. You will receive a small recorder in your language which corresponds to displays in every room. Point and listen. The history of traditions and customs is fascinating. There are artifacts from secular living of families who lived there, as well as sacred spaces. Please know that there are lots of little rooms to investigate, and some stairs are more like ladders, but original to the home. Free lockers and a coat room are also provided.
    Thank you for your glowing review, Lydia! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit with the audio guide and that you consider our museum a hidden gem not to be missed. We appreciate your note about the originality of the home's architecture. We look forward to welcoming you again for more explorations in the future!
    Written 20 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 November 2023
  • Gypsypirate49
    110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting!
    Extremely interesting! It is definitely worth the visit!!! Not only do you see the church in the attic, but you visit various rooms in the home that display the way of life at that time. Highly recommend. It is something quite different.
    Thank you! We're delighted you enjoyed your visit to our museum and had a chance to explore the house and church in the attic. We appreciate the recommendation and hope to welcome you back again soon!
    Written 26 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 November 2023
  • Sarah P
    Brookline, Massachusetts101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fabulous museum for our family
    My kids didn't want to go to museums on our vacation, but even this one they enjoyed. It's very cool to go inside an Amsterdam home. The handheld audio tour is excellent with just enough information of interest, but not so much that kids get bored. The chapel is beautiful. Definitely one of the best stops on our trip. There are free lockers for your personal items. You have to be able to go up and down steep steps.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 January 2024
  • Walter T
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprisingly interesting church within a house.
    Surprisingly, interesting museum that illustrates the early history in the 1600s when Catholic churches were banned by William the Orange of the Netherlands, forcing Catholic worshipers to create churches within their homes. This preserved home and church gives an intimate view of worship life at that time. A comprehensive audio tour helps to understand the shrine. A word of caution. Steep spiral stairs will limit some who have difficulty with climbing stairs.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 January 2024
  • Venture48016340679
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    HIdden jewel house in Amsterdam
    Before visiting Museum Ons’Lieve Heer op Solden I had visited another channel house in Amsterdam, so I had an idea of what I could see. Anyway, what I experimented was beyond my expectations. The aacuracy on the 16th - 17th centuries furniture and ambiances, the architecture solutions to merge 3 houses and build a church for a 100 parishioners, keeping the funcionallity of the houses. It is not the first priority of an Amsterdam’s visitor, but after my expreience I think it is worth spending 90’ of your visit to this gorgeous city in this cute museum.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 January 2024
  • Simon W
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    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.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 January 2024
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Hannah D
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
June 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 26 June 2022
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Vieuxcarre
New Orleans, LA260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 11 February 2020
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Gijsbert
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 29 January 2020
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Emerald1SteelCity
Southport, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 5 August 2020
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YasinDenmamode
Mauritius116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 9 March 2020
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AnnaWallman
Gothenburg, Sweden238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 16 February 2020
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David n
Manchester, UK4,707 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 2 April 2023
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Michael B
Wakefield, UK483 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Not many houses have a full blown church in the attic. This one does, which is what makes it fairly unique! The intriguing background as to how this all came about is fully explained in the detailed audio guide which is included in the entrance fee. Some of the rooms are not overly interesting, but have to be navigated, along with the considerable number of steps, to reach the church which is well preserved and is the undoubted highlight. The entrance fee is far from cheap but that seems to be the case for many museums here.
Written 11 May 2024
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Simon W
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 24 January 2024
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JaneE
Worcestershire, UK89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 11 October 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 18 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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