Dutch heritage reopens - Five reasons to feature the Night Watch in your next meeting
May 1, 2013
Dutch heritage reopens
Have you ever considered featuring a visit to a museum on your meeting programme? Holland recently welcomed two new additions to its wealth of historic and modern museums. The world famous Rijksmuseum reopened after ten years of renovations, while the Philips Museum tells the proud tale of Dutch entrepreneurship, design, and innovation.
For a meeting delegate, a successful conference experience is largely dependent on the meeting itself. An attractive destination, with exciting opportunities for social, culinary and cultural activities, is also considered to provide added value.
When choosing to participate in a meeting, many participants consider the attractiveness of the destination in their decision. Whether for an individual or a group visit before, during or after the conference, attractive museums and excursions, good restaurants and a vibrant nightlife are welcome information on the conference website or in the brochure.
Holland was recently featured in virtually all media in the world. The reason for this was the reopening of one of the most attractive and leading museums in the world on 13 April, after ten years of construction and renovation. The building dates from 1885, and was designed by architect Pierre Cuypers. Restored to its full glory, it combines the grandeur of the Rijksmuseum with facilities and features that fully meet today's requirements.
A feel for beauty, a sense of time
The presentation of the Rijksmuseum's world-famous collection is new. For the very first time, visitors can go on a chronological journey through the collection, and experience the sense of beauty and time this offers. In 80 galleries, 8,000 objects tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history.
The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn is the only object that is in its old position, in the centre of the building. The new Rijksmuseum offers visitors an overview of art and history, from the late Middle Ages to today. Paintings, images, historical objects, and applied arts are displayed together in context, and offer a comprehensive picture of art and culture, with, as was to be expected, particular attention for the highlights of the story of Holland. The museum's motto for this new setting is 'a feel for beauty, a sense of time'.
Lighting up the world and making the invisible visible at the Philips Museum
Another unique museum reopened recently. The Philips Museum paints a fascinating picture of the way in which Philips evolved from a small manufacturer of light bulbs to a large and prestigious international group of companies that makes life more comfortable for countless of households worldwide. Remarkable anecdotes and unique products from the past illustrate the many meaningful innovations Philips introduced in over 120 years. As well as painting a fascinating picture of the company's rich history, the exhibition unveils new innovations that will soon help improve people's health and well-being across the globe.
The Philips Museum is housed in the historic location where Gerard Philips manufactured his first light bulb in 1891. In recent months, the former factory underwent major renovations and extensions, and is a setting in which heritage, entrepreneurship and innovation meet. Today, the world is still Philips' oyster. The museum is a great venue and makes for an inspirational excursion for any meeting or conference with a technology or innovation-related theme. The nearby High Tech Campus offers plenty of excellent and inspirational meeting facilities.
Add some art to your meeting - Five reasons
Visiting a museum or exhibition can add an extra dimension to your meeting or conference. Five reasons:
- Inspiring examples and beautiful works of art help participants to connect more easily, as it is a great topic for conversation
- The subject of the exhibition can support the theme of your meeting
- Discussing art that you experienced together can help to stimulate creativity in your meeting
- Attractive museums, exhibitions and galleries can have a positive influence on the decision to attend a conference
- Consider the impact on your conference if you can conduct the meeting in a museum, or host a reception combined with a private viewing
Some great tips for meetings and receptions in Dutch museums
- The Hague: Gemeente Museum | Communications Museum
- Amsterdam: Maritime Museum | Van Gogh Museum | Stedelijk Museum
- Rotterdam: The Netherlands Architecture Institute | Kunsthal
- Utrecht: The Money Museum | The Rietveld Schröderhuis
- Noordwijk: Space Expo
- Groningen: Groninger Museum