The Cromhouthuis tells the story of the Cromhout family and is today home to some extraordinary Amsterdam collections.
Collections, top quality and art are inseparably linked to the Cromhouthuis. The rich and illustrious Cromhout family lived in the canal houses at Herengracht 366-368 in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. They were great art lovers and collectors. Enjoying their costly possessions with family and friends was an important part of their social life. Portraits, furnishings, silver, seashells and other curiosities form an astonishing feast for the eyes in the Cromhouthuis.
Monarchies ruled throughout much of 17th-century Europe, but in the Netherlands – and hence in Amsterdam – the citizens were their own masters. To be more specific, well-to-do citizens: an elite of Protestant families that kept the money and political power in closed circles by marrying between themselves. The Cromhouts were also part of this affluent world, until they converted to Catholicism. As Catholics, they were no longer allowed to participate in the city council, and potential marriage candidates were limited to the small number of wealthy Catholic families that remained in Amsterdam. However, the Cromhouts successfully married into the international Catholic nobility. The dynasty ended with the French princess Elisabeth de Vaudemont, who died childless in Paris in 1832.
Since 1975, the upper floors of the Cromhouthuis have housed the Biblical Museum, where the Bible, art and culture are united.
An extraordinary collection, personal stories and a wealth of background information come together to lead you on a journey of discovery through the world of the Bible. The museum also regularly organises guided tours and activities. And especially for schools and families, there’s the Holiday! In the Cityexhibition. Your Cromhouthuis admission ticket also grants you access to the Biblical Museum.