Het Roze Rijks
De geschiedenis van homoseksualiteit in Nederland in het Rijksmuseum


The Pink Rijksmuseum Tour


The story of homosexuality in the Netherlands from the 16th to the 21st century told through the world famous Rijksmuseum collection.

Since reopening in 2013 The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam welcomes about three million visitors per year. Every day thousands enjoy the eighty rooms with more than eight thousand collection items. The Rijksmuseum tells the history of The Netherlands through these art objects and utensils from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. A history where homosexuality to a greater or lesser form has been part of. The Netherlands are now known for being one of the most liberal countries in the world concerning homosexuality. How did we get there? During the Pink Rijksmuseum Tour your guide Arnout van Krimpen will take you through The Rijksmuseum to tell you the history of homosexuality in The Netherlands using pieces from The Rijksmuseum collection

Arnout van Krimpen

After studying Performing Arts I have worked for several famous Dutch museums. I was commissioned by the Jewish Historical Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Hermitage and The Mauritshuis in The Hague to make theatrical translations of exhibitions. I have years of experience as a museum docent for the Tropenmuseum and the Rijksmuseum. Besides my work for museums I also write about art and culture for magazines. For Winq/GK (the number one gay glossy in The Netherlands) I wrote an article titled ‘Het Roze Rijks’ (The Pink Rijksmuseum). For this article I did thoroughgoing research into the history of homosexuality in The Netherlands on the basis of The Rijksmuseum collection. The Rijksmuseum asked me to use my research for the development of a pink tour for the museum for special occasions. It turns out that there is a wide interest in this tour, so it can now be booked directly with me.

Information and prices

  • A Pink Rijksmuseum Tour takes 90 minutes and costs for a group up to fifteen people  €112,50 exclusive entrancefee for The Rijksmuseum.  With a museumcard the entrance for The Rijksmuseum is free. If you don’t have a museumcard you can buy entrancetickets at http://www.rijksmuseum.nl
  • The Pink Rijksmuseum Tour can be extended with various subjects such as The Dutch Golden Age (Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals etcetera), the 19 th century (van Gogh, Breitner) or Highlights of The Rijksmuseum. The costs for this are €75,- per hour.
  • It is also possible to extend the tour outside the museum with a city walk that will take you to the Homomonument (the first gay monument in the world in public space), café ‘t Mandje (the first gay and lesbian pub in Amsterdam) and other pink landmarks in the city.



For extra information or bookings you can mail rozerijks@gmail.com or call +31619604424