Starting point NL

28 April until 26 September 2010

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Exceptional finds from The Netherlands

The temporary exhibition 'Starting point NL' consists of thirty exceptional objects from the Dutch archaeological collections of the National Museum of Antiquities. You can admire jewellery, weapons or tools from prehistory and whimsically decorated beer mugs from the Middle Ages. The thirty objects explain the archaeological story of the Low Lands in a nutshell.

Objects with a story

In December 2010, the new permanent department ‘Archaeology of the Netherlands' opens. The renovations and preparations are now fully underway. That is why until that time many objects from the Dutch collection are being housed temporarily in the museum depots until December. But not all of them. 'Starting point NL' gives a taste of what 'Archaeology of the Netherlands' will have to offer you soon. Some objects from the temporary exhibition will also be on display in the new permanent department. But the majority of them will return to the depot after the exhibition 'Starting point NL' is over. The exhibition offers you a unique opportunity to see museum objects that are generally out of the public eye. Every single one of these objects has a special story or symbolises a specific era. 

300,000 years of history

You take a whirlwind tour of over 300,000 years of Dutch history. From early prehistory with hatchets and a wooden hammer, via weapons and glasswork from the Roman era, to the Middle Ages, when exquisite jewellery and a ‘super sword' were made. Each object has its own story. There is a sword that was thrown during prehistoric times as a sacrifice into the river Meuse, the medieval piece of leather found in Delft turned out to be a child's shoe, and the oldest Dutch drawing is scratched into a 12,000-year-old stone. The 'ribbon of time' that runs through this temporary exhibition is a reference to the design of the new department 'Archaeology of the Netherlands'.

  • 'Starting point NL' exhibition: on display from 28 April to 26 September 2010
  • 'Archaeology of the Netherlands' Department': open from mid-December 2010