The century of Juliana, a Queen and her ideals.
15 October 2022 to 10 April 2023 | daily 10:00-17:00
Admire the royal world of Queen Juliana and discover more about her extraordinary reign. A royal exhibition that takes you into the life of this beloved monarch – both in front of and behind the scenes. Often characterised as the ‘Queen alongside the red carpet’, quirky and averse to protocol. Loved for her simplicity and humanity. Yet she was also head of state during a century marked by unprecedented setbacks and spectacular prosperity. This eventful century was reflected in her personality and her ideals.
In a spectacular palatial setting, we travel back in time to see Juliana mature – from young princess to steadfast monarch – revisiting key events in the country’s history. We get to know the remarkable monarch through more than 400 objects. From the House of Orange’s family cradle and original inauguration gown to royal tableware, impressive gifts from the former colonies and a Rolls Royce with the Queen’s monogram.
The Century of Juliana opened festively by Princess Beatrix
On Thursday, 13 October 2022, the exhibition was opened ceremoniously by Princess Beatrix. ‘With the push of a button’ she unveiled the first scene of the exhibition: her mother’s investiture in De Nieuwe Kerk (1948), which Princess Beatrix herself attended 74 years ago.
The exhibition is a polyphonic biography; the generation that experienced her personally meets a generation for whom she is primarily a historical figure. There are more than 30 different voices in the audio tour. From Dutch celebrities to eyewitnesses. Martijn Akkerman, Claudia de Breij, Elsbeth Etty, Kathleen Ferrier, Jeroen Krabbé, Herman Pleij, Paul Rem, and many more, lead us through Juliana’s life. There is also a special audio tour for young people (aged 12 and above) entitled Rebel Queen. Voiced by presenter Emma Wortelboer and actor Sahil Amar Aïssa. A monarchist and a republican in conversation.
Also on view in De Nieuwe Kerk
A large scale film installation about the church’s eventful history. From its foundation in the early 15th century, to the devastating fire in 1645, and its reconstruction in the 17th century with all the phenomenal interior pieces. From the Eighty Years War, Iconoclasm and Napoleon’s entry into Amsterdam, to the House of Orange, their investitures and Maxima’s tears.
Panorama New Church was made possible thanks to participants of the VriendenLoterij and is on permanent display in the church. Free admission upon presentation of valid ticket for the exhibition.