oude kerk in a nutshell
The Old Church was built from the 13th century onwards, making it the oldest building in Amsterdam. As an icon of the Beeldenstorm that swept through it on 23 August 1566, it occupies a unique place in the Dutch and European heritage landscape.
The Oude Kerk is open every day of the week as a museum in which architecture, old and new art merge. On Sunday mornings, we make room for the worship services of the Protestant Oude Kerk congregation, which has been worshipping here since the Alteration in 1578. The Oude Kerk was and is the home of craftsmen, organ builders, stonemasons, artists, organists and painters. With their work, they immortalised Amsterdammers, music, Biblical stories and the church interior. Their work is the heritage of today and tomorrow.
With an inter-historical* programme, the museum concentrates on heritage and contemporary art, with the monument and the collection as a constant and contemporary art as a discontinuous aspect that questions and reinterprets history. The heritage forms a pars pro toto for the world around us. Twice a year, national and international artists produce large-scale new work that can only be seen here once. In addition, there is music in concert series as Silence and Playing the Cathedral and you can find more depth in the series Come Closer.
* Interhistoric: by examining history from contemporary questions, new perspectives on the past arise and we can see and discuss them differently.
1012 GX Amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 – 625 82 84
Oude Kerk is situated an 8 minute walk from the Central Station. The area is hard to reach by car, which is why we recommend using public transport.
The Oude Kerk is accessible for people in wheelchairs or with crutches.
For more information please visit Toegankelijk Amsterdam.
Mon – Sat: 10 am – 6 pm
Sun: 1 pm – 5:30 pm
Oude Kerk is open for a contemplative walk from April 15. Due to the current lockdown, the smaller museum spaces of the church are not accessible. You can take a walk through the church, which allows you to see the architecture and the art installation of Aimée Zito lema. You can also light a candle. A reservation and mouth mask are required for this walk. We also ask you to keep 1.5 meters away from others.
Do you want to know more about the Oude Kerk, the oldest building in Amsterdam, and its archive of contemporary art? The Oude Kerk offers different tours for adults. Depending on your interests the emphasis can be on the history, the architecture, the current exhibitions at the Oude Kerk, or, in Oude Kerk tradition, a combination of all of these.
Our enthusiastic team of museum teachers will be happy to tell you, your friends, class or family about art, history, architecture and music and how they are connected.
You can book a good conversation in the Oude Kerk here.