1 hour

Contemporary Art in an Impressive Setting

The Oude Kerk is the oldest building in Amsterdam. The monumental church is situated in the middle of the Red Light District. Today, large-scale and site-specific installations by contemporary artists take place within the ancient walls, while also honouring the building and the history of Amsterdam. The programme includes unique exhibitions of the work of (inter)national artists, a collection with art and historical artefacts from the Middle Ages to the present day, performances, concerts and debates.​​

LOCATIONOudekerksplein 23, Amsterdam
Mon – Sat
10:00 – 18:00
13:00 – 17:30
✅  Entry museum ✅  Audiotour
Entry to the tower
PUBLIC TRANSPORTFrom Amsterdam Central station:
Walking about 8 minutes
Tram 4, of 14 to stop Dam
BEST TIME TO VISITBefore 12:00 or after 15:00
TICKET TYPEPrinted ticket

Extra Information

Audio Guide

At the Old Church a free audiotour (Soundwalk) is available. It gives you all the information on the history of the building, its architecture and  the program with contemporary art.


  • Wheelchair accessible, although it is an old building and therefore the floor is somewhat bumpy
  • This is the oldest building in Amsterdam as well as the youngest artists institution in the country.
  • Visit the exhibition ‘misericordia’ featuring now. The theme of this exhibition is new tolerance and focuses on living in a world of different cultures.

Old Church Amsterdam in red light district
Old Church Amsterdam towers
Old Church Amsterdam in red light district with people walking
Winter Old church frontside ©Joep van Tol Oude Kerk voorkant
Old church ©Joep van Tol Oude kerk Winter Amsterdam

Tour Reviews

4.00 based on 1 review
November 7, 2016

Beautiful part of Amsterdam! This church marks the start of this city which is why i didn’t want to miss it.

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