Rijksmuseum Boerhaave: Herman Boerhaave and the Golden Age of Science

Fotografie ©Mike Bink_Boerhaave_34

Welcome to the world of Boerhaave

The exhibition Herman Boerhaave and the Golden Age of Science at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave was created in honour of the 350th anniversary of Herman Boerhaave, the famous Leiden professor of medicine. Boerhaave wanted to strip medicine of errors in order to reform it and prevent fake science. Some current methods in medicine can be traced back to his then-innovative approach.


As a visitor you walk through the Leiden scientific landscape of the Golden Age: through large graphics panels you pass the botanical garden, the lecture hall, the laboratory, the infirmary, the library and the Oud-Poelgeest house. You will get to know Boerhaave’s’ character and career by reading stories from his contemporaries and showing more than 100 special objects. In a film, five people give a eulogy to Boerhaave and you see various locations that played a key role in his life and career.


By means of graphic interventions in combination with storytelling and film, Studio Louter has brought the life of Boerhaave into images and brought to life.


The exhibition can be seen from November 30, 2018, through September 1, 2019.


Photography: ©Mike Bink


Temporary exhibition


OPERA Amsterdam


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