The Industrial Age

5 March 2015 - 2 August 2015

The 19th century marked the beginning of the modern Netherlands. This is when multinationals such as Unilever and Heineken were founded and the start of mass production, mass consumption and mass culture. Amsterdam was transformed into a vibrant capital city to which foreign tourists flock to enjoy quaint, traditional Holland. ‘The Industrial Age’ exhibition is part of a joint project with NTR/VPRO that shows just how modern and turbulent the 19th century really was: full of contradictions.

Would you like to find out more about steam engines, the emancipation of women, Abraham Kuyper or how an exhibition is staged? Visit Hart, the Amsterdam Museum community website, which is filled with highlights and background stories.

Alongside the original exhibition, NPO2 broadcasted a 13-part series on the Industrial Age in which presenter Hans Goedkoop takes you on a journey through the 19th century. View the series here.

Accompanying the exhibition and the TV series, was a book published by Walburg Pers. It iwas compiled by Amsterdam Museum curator Kees Zandvliet and NTR/VPRO presenter Hans Goedkoop. Both the TV series and the book are only available in Dutch.