The 17th century viewed from different angles
At the moment, our museum is undergoing renovation and is closed. Our collection has been housed in an external depot that meets strict climate and safety requirements, and can be admired again when the renewed museum opens. For our Collections department this means that they are unable to handle research inquiries, documentation inquiries, appraisals, loan requests, and internship applications until the end of 2023.
Our current collection comprises some 38,000 objects, including paintings, sculptures, jewellery and utensils. Together they tell the story of the most dynamic period in the history of Hoorn and of the Netherlands: the one between 1500 and 1800, with in between the era we called the Golden Age, until recently.
As a society, we are increasingly realising that this gold did not only have a shiny side. Therefore, in the new layout of our museum, we want to tell the story of this period from different angles.
To this end, we will also ask contemporary artists to depict their view of the 17th century. This will create a conversation between the objects of the past and the present. Sometimes this will feel like a warm bath and sometimes like sandpaper.
Temporarily stored, soon to be seen again
All the objects in our renovated museum will soon tell their own story – whether it is a historical work or something newly made. In our treasure chamber of 17th-century objects, we have a number of masterpieces that are being safely stored during the renovation, but you will be able to admire them again after the reopening.
Our most recent acquisitions
We regularly get the opportunity to acquire works offered at international auctions. This is made possible by contributions from, among others, the Friends of the Westfries Museum Foundation, the Kerkmeijer De Regt Foundation and the Le Cocq D’Armandville Plancken Fund. View our most recent acquisition below.
The story of the stolen paintings
Our museum was hit by a high-profile art theft in 2005. Of the 24 stolen masterpieces, In 2016, five were eventually recovered badly damaged in Ukraine. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, they were restored beautifully and shone in our exhibition Looted Art’. Several times the story of the art robbery got national media coverage.
Find your favourite work in our collection
We have digital images in our image bank of a large part of our collection (more than 5,000 objects). Search and view your favourite work again at your leisure.
Go to our image bank
Our museum is currently undergoing major renovation. As a result, the availability and accessibility of our Collection Department is not as you are used to from us. The department is unable to handle research inquiries, documentation inquiries, appraisals, loan requests, and internship applications until the end of 2023. We apologise for this and hope for your understanding.
Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Can I submit a request for documentation or a research question?
Can I have an object valued at the Westfries Museum?
How do I apply for a loan?
What do I do if I want to donate, lend or offer an object for sale to the Westfries Museum?
Can I intern at the Collection Department?
Contact with the Collection Department
The Westfries Museum will be extensively renovated. The entire collection will be moved for this purpose. For the employees of the Collection department, this means, among other things, that they are temporarily unable to provide museum support and public service as they are used to. They apologize for this inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding.