Amsterdam and its Museum

What role does the historical museum play? How is it perceived? How is the museum audience changing? Paul Spies, director of the Amsterdam Museum, will respond to these questions. He will also talk about the Museum’s new permanent exhibition Amsterdam DNA, a collaboration undertaken with other historical museums; the framework for organisations and museum management; and also about spectacular projects such as the portrait exhibition from the famous Amsterdam Collection, which the Amsterdam Museum has organised in other exhibition venues in the city.

Paul Spies is an art historian. In 1987 he founded the exhibition company D’arts, which has organised numerous exhibitions and publications, along with television programmes and promotional campaigns for popular exhibitions. Furthermore, D’arts has participated in the development of new museums and their programmes ( From 2009, Spies has been the director of the Amsterdam Museum (then known as the Amsterdam Historical Museum) and also the Willet-Holthuysen Museum.
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