The Cromhouthuis is a monumental Grachtengordel mansion that was constructed on the Herengracht in 1662.
The Cromhouthuis has been turned into a museum where visitors can get an impression of the daily life and elaborate history of an influential Amsterdam merchant family, the Cromhouts. The wealthy Cromhouts lived in this Grachtengordel mansion for several generations during and following the Dutch Golden Age.
The museum exhibits family portraits, paintings and a diversity of art objects and interior decoration from the archives of the Amsterdam Museum.
The garden rooms of the building are home to the Cromhout Café, that serves a selection of lunch dishes inspired by the foods of the Dutch Golden Age.
The upper floors of the Cromhouthuis house the Amsterdam Biblical Museum, which exhibits a large collection of old Bibles and other religious objects from the Christian tradition, including the oldest Bible printed in the Netherlands (from 1477).
The impressive collection of bibles and related works is used to illustrate how the translation and printing of these religious works was closely interwoven with the development of the Netherlands as an independent state, and the evolution of the Dutch language.
Apart from bibles and other religious books, the museum also maintains a large collection of archaeological exhibits, models of historic Judeo-Christian landmarks such as the temple of Solomon and Herod and the Tabernacle, and reproductions of religious artefacts.
Through its exhibits the museum attempts to give an impression of the religious life of the ancient Jews, Egyptians and Christians.