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The Golden Coach | exhibition at Amsterdam Museum

The Golden Coach | exhibition at Amsterdam Museum

Jun 18, 2021Feb 27, 2022
10am-5pm
Amsterdam Museum, Kalverstraat 92, 1012 PH
Amsterdam
Standard adult tickets cost 15 euros, plus a 5-euro supplement
Free admission for children aged 17 and under

The Golden Coach | exhibition at Amsterdam Museum

After more than five years of restoration, the Golden Coach, which is used by the Dutch Royal Family on ceremonious occasions, will be on display at the Amsterdam Museum, from June 2021 until February 2022. 

See the Golden Coach up close

Don't miss out on the chance of seeing the restored Golden Coach (Gouden Koets) up close in Amsterdam. This is the first time in history that the coach is being exhibited for viewing by the general public - its fans and its critics alike are welcome to take it all in! It will be placed in a glass case in the courtyard of Amsterdam Museum, with accompanying exhibits.

Golden Coach details of the colonial panelPhoto: Arthur van der Vlies, courtesy of Amsterdam Museum

Indoors, there will be six different exhibits that tell the stories of the Golden Coach, exploring perspectives of inventors, builders, spectators, demonstrators, and descendants of the people depicted on the coach. After all, the coach is more than just a vehicle - it's also a symbol for the monarchy, democracy, colonialism and rituals. Every inch of the coach possesses a symbolic meaning. Nowadays it is regarded as a somewhat controversial artefact.

The coach was intended as a gift for the inauguration of Queen Wilhelmina in 1898, the first woman to sit on the Dutch throne. In recent years, the coach has proved to be a source of widespread debate due to its associations with the Netherlands' colonial past. People are divided over whether it should continue to be used for ceremonies such as Prince's Day or whether it belongs in a museum permanently.

The Golden Coach on Prince's Day in The Hague

Many people associate the Golden Coach with Prince's Day, or Budget Day, which takes place each September in The Hague. The most grandiose moment of the day is the tour that the monarchs traditionally make with the Golden Coach from Noordeinde Palace to the Ridderzaal of the Binnenhof. Since the Golden Coach has been out of action for five years while undergoing restorations, recently a "Glass Carriage" was used instead, which was built in 1826.

Special programme at the museum

There will be many events taking place, dedicated to the Golden Coach:

  • Workshops
  • Guided tours
  • A scientific symposium
  • A scavenger hunt for families with kids
  • Theatrical guided tours for kids

Additionally, a dedicated 164-page book will accompany the exhibition, which will be available for purchase for 24,95 euros in the museum shop.

Get your tickets to the Golden Coach exhibition

Standard adult tickets cost 15 euros, plus a 5-euro supplement. There's free admission for children aged 17 and under. Get your tickets to the Golden Coach exhibition on the Amsterdam Museum website.

Golden Coach detailsPhoto: Arthur van der Vlies, courtesy of Amsterdam Museum