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Prinses Máxima Centrum

'Nachtwacht' in the Princess Máxima Center

A life-sized replica of the Rembrandt painting, The Night Watch, will be on display at the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology for five weeks. For many children in the center it will be their first encounter with one of the world's most famous paintings. An educational (online) program has therefore also been developed for the children.

Foto credits: Patrick van Emst

Everyone should see the Night Watch at some point
The goal of the Night Watch on tour is that people who can't go to a museum can still see the Night Watch. A replica of the Jewish Bride (which normally exhibits at De Teekenschool in the Rijksmuseum) will also be on display at the Máxima Center this week.

It is remarkable that the world-famous painting comes to the children at this time of year.

Since 15 July 2020, the Rijksmuseum, together with Philips, has been bringing a life-size Night Watch to nursing homes and hospitals throughout the Netherlands. The Night Watch will remain on display at each location for a while, after which the painting will move on to the next location. The Night Watch on tour is an initiative of the Rijksmuseum. Other hospitals can also sign up for it.

Gita Gallé (Executive Board Princess Máxima Center): 'The Night Watch is a unique national icon and I am very pleased that our children here in the Máxima Center can also get to know the Night Watch. It fits perfectly with our principle of Developmental Care (OGZ): we do everything we can to let the normal life and development of the child continue as much as possible. Also during the treatment in the Máxima Center'.

Annemies Broekgaarden (Head of Public and Education Rijksmuseum): 'The Rijksmuseum belongs to and is for everyone. We think it's important that everyone for whom it's not self-evident to come to the museum has access to cultural heritage. It was with this in mind that the Night Watch on tour initiative came into being and we are bringing the Night Watch on tour to the children in the Princess Máxima Center so that they can still have the experience'.

Night Watch on tour is made possible by Philips and the Elisabeth Art Foundation/Rijksmuseum Fund.