oude kerk in a nutshell
With its roots going back to the 13th century, the Oude Kerk is Amsterdam’s oldest building. An icon of the Iconoclastic Fury, it occupies a unique place in the cultural landscape of the Netherlands and Europe.
The Oude Kerk is accessible as a museum every day of the week. On Sunday mornings it functions as the church for the Protestant congregation, which still gathers here.
With its interhistorical* program, the museum focuses on heritage and contemporary art, the monumental building often serving as a source of inspiration. Two times a year, (inter)national artists are invited to create site-specific work, which can only be experienced here. The Oude Kerk also has a music programme and serves as a space for contemplation.
The Oude Kerk was and is a patron for artisans, organ builders, stonemasons, artists, organists and painters. With their work, they immortalize(d) Amsterdam’s citizens, music, biblical stories and the interior of the church. These works are the heritage of today and of tomorrow.
* interhistorical: combining the present and the past to create a new perspective, encouraging wonder and reflection.
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
Debit and credit cards only, no cash
Children <13, Museumkaart, I amsterdam, Holland Pass, ICOM, BankGiro Loterij VIP-KAART, friends, stadspas
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.