100 days of celebration in De Nieuwe Kerk!
Where were you on 30 April 2013? On the day of the royal succession, Amsterdam was the centre of the world. Millions of people in the Netherlands and abroad followed the ceremony live in De Nieuwe Kerk. But what are the origins of this ceremony, and what makes this tradition so special?
Photo Evert Elzinga
The exhibition in De Nieuwe Kerk answers these questions and brings the story to life: all the royal investitures, up to the present day and the history of the development of the 200-year-old Kingdom of the Netherlands. There is also a group portrait of the new king together with 149 of the 500 invited citizens, taken by Michiel van Nieuwkerk. A special feature is the audiovisual reliving of the recent investiture of King Willem-Alexander. Experience for a moment what it was like to be there on the big day. Just like the investiture itself, The Royal Investiture! is a rare event. It is a celebration of an occasion that, until now, has taken place on average once every thirty years.
An exhibition for all generations, suitable for all ages.
The Royal Investiture!
The family of Orange-Nassau and the Nieuwe Kerk
11 May–18 August 2013
On 11 May, Amsterdam’s Nieuwe Kerk will open its door for a unique, one-time exhibition about Dutch royal inaugurations. For exactly one hundred days, the church will focus its attention on the festive, ceremonial inaugurations of seven generations in the family of Orange-Nassau: Kings Willem I, II, and III, Queens Wilhelmina, Juliana and Beatrix, and the new monarch, King Willem-Alexander.
The Netherlands is one of twelve European monarchies. Since 1813, its heads of state have all belonged to the Orange-Nassau family, descendants of the famous Dutch stadholders of the Golden Age. All their official inaugurations have taken place in the Nieuwe Kerk. Starting on 11 May, visitors can relive those inaugurations in this historic setting. When the new King Alexander is inaugurated in the Nieuwe Kerk on 30 April, the event is sure to be witnessed on television by millions of viewers. This exhibition will bring the symbolism and emotion of the event to life.
De Nieuwe Kerk 2013
|The Royal Investiture!||11 May 2013 – 18 August 2013|
|De Nieuwe Kerk gesloten||19 August 2013 - 4 October 2013|
|MING||5 October 2013 - 2 February 2014|
Photo Robert Mulder
Emperors and Merchants in Ancient China
5 October 2013 – 2 February 2014
In the autumn of 2013, De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam is mounting a superb exhibition that tells the story of the fascinating Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Thanks to a partnership with the prestigious Nanjing Museum in China, De Nieuwe Kerk will be temporarily hosting an original and exclusive Ming collection. Magnificent luxury items and rare objects from the Imperial Court will be on display. Visitors will also be able to gain an impression of the everyday lives of ‘ordinary’ Ming subjects. In addition, the exhibition will dwell on the dynasty’s great cultural and social accomplishments, and particularly its influence in shaping China’s present-day national identity.
Stove, gilded enamel. China, Ming Dynasty.
© Nanjing Museum/Nomad Exhibitions
App for the iPhone about De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam
This app offers an introduction to De Nieuwe Kerk's history and shows some of its highlights such as the main organ, pulpit and choir screen. It also includes some of the church's monuments and tombs dedicated to various Dutch naval heroes, as well as many of its commemorative windows.
This app also tells the story of the strong ties between De Nieuwe Kerk and the Dutch Royal family. All Royal Dutch swearing-in ceremonies have taken place in De Nieuwe Kerk. Be inspired by the app and come and experience one of the exhibitions or events at De Nieuwe Kerk for yourself!
Download the app in the App Store now (DNK ENG)
Opening hours and admission fee
From 11 May 2013 - 18 August 2013 open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed on 25 December and 1 January
11 May 2013 – 18 August 2013
|Children 11-16||€ 5|
|Friends of the De Nieuwe Kerk||free|
|I amsterdam City Card||free|
|CJP, Stadspas||€ 12|
Admission fee includes free audio tour (Dutch/English)
De Nieuwe Kerk, Dam, Amsterdam
tel: +31 (0)20 638 69 09
5 minutes from Central Station
Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 16, 24, 25
Bijenkorf (Dam); Nieuwezijds Kolk; Central Station
Guided tours and group reservations
Group visits and individual guided tours should be requested in advance. If you wish, you can book one of De Nieuwe Kerk’s professional guides. Please register and book at tel. +31(0)20 626 8168 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Costs € 90 per guided tours (excluding admission to the exhibition), with a maximum of 15 persons. Guides are available in the languages Dutch, English, French, German and Italian.
Group visits (minimum of 15 persons) must make a reservation in advance via email@example.com.
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