A hidden treasure in Amsterdam
This hidden church dates from 1663, when it was prohibited
for Catholics to celebrate mass. However, the authorities tended to turn a
blind eye and indeed, the church symbolises the characteristic (religious)
tolerance of the Netherlands, established by the Dutch in the sixteenth century
under William of Orange. Freedom of religion and conscience are central
themes at the museum today. It makes Our Lord in the Attic far more than a
museum: it’s a special place in which to contemplate and to experience.
Museum cafe and Dutch souvenirs
The entrance building also houses the museum shop (on the
ground floor) and the museum café (on the first floor). The museum shop offers
a wide range of books, gifts and souvenirs, and is freely accessible. Access to
the museum café is only possible with an admission ticket to the museum. The
museum café can be reached by the stairs or by the lift.