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New presentation: Seeing things Differently

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No science without curiosity

Minister Van Engelshoven opened the renovated Rijksmuseum Boerhaave. Studio Louter and OPERA Amsterdam worked together on developing the spatial design, storyline, AV and interactive installations.


The science and medicine museum Boerhaave has a world-renowned collection with objects such as the first microscope, Einstein’s pen and anatomical drawings of Vesalius. To bring visitors in contact with the stories and people behind these objects, we developed the overall interpretative concept ‘How to see differently’ by using the Emotion Design method. Like scientists who made discoveries by seeing the world differently, visitors are now offered the chance to see the collection and the history of science differently.


Five distinct themes were translated into five spatial metaphors. Interactive installations and AV help the visitor discover new perspectives on the collection and on their own views of science. He faces ethical dilemmas like a real doctor, steps in the shoes of a 17th-century pharmacist and is challenged to protect the Netherlands against the water during the ‘Polder game’. He learns that science is the work of men and women. Helping him to make emotional connections with seemly unseductive objects. Or as the Dutch newspaper, NRC Handelsblad stated: “The new Boerhaave shows the people behind the instruments.”


“Rijksmuseum Boerhaave grabs you by the throat.” – Major Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant


‘’New Boerhaave excites all senses.” – Nederlands Dagblad

After the redesign, the museum received the European Museum of the Year Award 2019.


Photography ©Fred Ernst








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