The first room you will enter off the grand foyer is a screening room with a screen more than thirteen metres wide, where you can watch a film about the story behind the colour Orange and what it means to the Dutch. Learn how Willem van Oranje (William of Orange) came by his surname, get an impression of the political significance of the colour, and how it was used as a colour of resistance. What does orange mean to the Dutch?
Every Saturday and Sunday public guides give a short introductory talk about the permanent exhibit on the Dutch royal family for visitors on a rolling schedule between 11:00 and 16:00. Duration: 15 minutes.
The House of Orange and the history of the Netherlands
The top items in our collection are displayed in the large gallery next to the screening room. For the first time, visitors will be able to see them from close quarters, as we tell the story of the House of Orange-Nassau and the history of the Netherlands in six periods, using objects, images and animations. Browse the large and small objects dating from the 16th to the 21st century, and discover how the Netherlands came about, and what role the House of Orange has played in its history.
Public and private
After the café the story of the Dutch royal family continues, up the stairs to the ground floor and on the first floor of the east wing of the palace. In these rooms and corridors, we look at the different stages of the lives of members of the House of Orange as stadtholders, kings and queens. Personal accounts, and lots of pictures and objects, give us a glimpse of each stage of their public and private lives down the centuries.