Although the church is called 'Nieuw' (new), it dates from the 16th century and is one of Amsterdam's oldest buildings. It is 'new' compared to the Old Church, which dates from the 15th century.
Currently, the church is mainly well-known for its large and beautiful exhibitions. There are no regular church services in the church.
The Nieuwe Kerk has a beautiful church organ, and you can sometimes attend concerts.
The church plays a role in the yearly national commemoration ceremony on May 4, when the victims of World War II are commemorated. On May 4 there is the national commemoration gathering in this church.
The church was also the place of the inauguration ceremony of the new Monarch. The last time this happened was April 20, 2013, when Prince Willem-Alexander became King of the Netherlands.