Online Collection

The Amsterdam Museum has now digitalised its entire collection – or at least the basic details for each piece. While some improvements remain to be made to the documentation, the museum has decided to make everything accessible online. This enables the public to gain insight into the full collections of both the Amsterdam Museum and Museum Willet-Holthuysen. As a result, more than 90% of the pieces that are not on display in the museum are now open to all.

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Bespoke approach
Based on the premise that the wider public has different needs than researchers and experts, the museum has created two different web applications. The AM Online Collection application is intended for the wider public and is set up to enable visitors to the site to browse the collection according to different themes. In this way, they can learn more about the collection with no background knowledge required. The focus is on the quality images, which are accompanied by a short description of each piece. For more in-depth information, visitors need only click on the link to the application intended for researchers – the AM Online Collection for Research. This version provides extensive and detailed material, including descriptions as well as references to relevant literature. The researchers’ application also has a more precise search tool.

Sharing and recycling
Having opened up its entire collection, the Amsterdam Museum also permits both researchers and members of the public to reproduce texts and images from the collection database for their own use. Although photographs are not yet available for every single piece, the database already contains a trove of more than 30,000 high-quality images. These can be downloaded free of change at an adequate level of quality for most purposes (72 dpi, full screen). If higher-quality images are required, these can be ordered from the museum for a fee.

Call for contributions to improve our information
In view of the fact that the Amsterdam Museum is constantly working to improve the quality of the documentation for our collection and that, with a collection of this size, little errors inevitably slip in here and there, the museum asks both researchers and members of the public for their assistance. For each piece, you are invited to contribute any useful comments or suggestions you may have to help our documentation editors improve the information provided.