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Highlights collection

Explore the most remarkable exhibits in our collection: colourful mummy coffins, statues of Greek and Roman gods, the famous Dutch Dorestad brooch and the impressive Egyptian statue of Maya and Merit.

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Search collection

This search page enables you to see around 75,000 objects from the collection of the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities. The database is still expanding and contains objects from all sections of the museum’s collection: Ancient Egypt, the Classical World (Greeks, Romans, Etruscans), the ancient Near East and the early Netherlands (up to 1600 AD).

  • Collection data and images from the National Museum of Antiquities are freely available for re-use by developers under a Creative Commons license. Object descriptions (metadata) are available under a CC0 licence. The images (content) are made available under a CC BY licence.
  • The database is only available in Dutch. You will need to search using Dutch keywords.
  • You can also search using part of a word. Type the letters in the box ‘zoeken’ and add an asterisk: e.g. mum*
  • The texts derive from a scientific register and are therefore most accessible to readers with some knowledge of the subject. Some texts, or parts of texts, are written in English.
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Loans for exhibitions

The National Museum of Antiquities has a large collection of archaeological objects in its care. The museum is happy to supply these objects on loan, especially since it could not possibly place its entire collection on display itself. In principle, only registered museums can receive items from the collection on loan, e.g. for exhibitions. Loans are subject to certain conditions.

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