The Canon of Dutch history Rij 1

Constructing the Canon

The Canon of Dutch History is currently under construction and will be a real experience for visitors. Take a look at the photos for an impression of what it will be like.


Canon van Nederland





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12 september | Opening Canoncafé Dudok

7 oktober | Flip van Duijn wordt geïnterviewd over het leven en werk van zijn moeder, Annie M.G. Schmidt.

8 oktober | Martine Gosselink, hoofd afdeling Geschiedenis van het Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, een lezing over de Canon van Nederland.

21 oktober | Jonge historici debatteren over de vraag of geschiedenis wel in een canon te vangen is.

28 oktober | Omdat het thema van de Maand van de Geschiedenis dit jaar Geluk is, sluit het oktoberprogramma af met een appeltaartbakwedstrijd.

Canon network

We obviously weren’t around when these historical events took place, but we are now making history together. To make this possible, we are working closely with other parties within the Netherlands:


The following organisations are participating in the Canon network: Amsterdam Museum, Hunebedcentrum (Megalith Centre), Museum Catharijneconvent, Museum Prinsenhof Delft, Nationaal Militair Museum (National Military Museum), Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen (National Museum of World Cultures), Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision), Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities) and Scheepvaartmuseum (National Maritime Museum). The website, the Rijksmuseum and the Allard Pierson Museum are network partners. 

Canon windows in the museum park

Various windows of the Canon can already be found around the park. For example, a presentation about Charlemagne has been incorporated into the monastery garden and in the village school from Lhee the link between education and child labour is made clear. In the Green Cross health centre we meet Willem Drees, the founder of our welfare state, while the Rietveld holiday chalet sheds light on the art movement De Stijl. You can also watch the play ‘Boeldag in Beerta’ (‘Auction in Beerta’) to find out what life must have been like during the crisis years.

Find out more about the Canon windows in the park