Our Lord in the Attic Museum
The Our Lord in the Attic Museum (Ons' Liever Heer op Solder) is located on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal of the Red Light District in Amsterdam and is a uniquely persevered 17th century house from the Dutch Golden Age with an entire church in the attic.
This Catholic church dates from 1663, a period in when the Catholic religion was banned in The Netherlands, and this is also the reason this church is hidden in the attic of this house. Even though it was prohibited to celebrate mass, the authorities turned a blind eye.
The church is a perfect example of the Dutch tolerance, being located in the Red Light District of Amsterdam and tollerating the Catholics in the 17th and 18th century to celebrate their religion in a time when it was official forbidden. Freedom of religion and of conscience are therefore also the central themes at the museum today.
After this hidden church functioned as place where Catholics could have their services in secret for over two centuries, in the 19th century it became a museum, making it the second oldest museum of Amsterdam.
The church still functions as a church with a service every Sunday in the months October till May, which you can join for free. And the museum is also available for weddings.
€ 12,- Adults
€ 5,- Children 5-18