world of Silver
Visiting the Dutch Silver Museum: a fun and interactive way to spend your day. As a visitor you see, feel, smell and hear silver. Discover even more about this versatile material in the world of silver. We often change exhibitions to make sure that every visit is unique. It is definitely worth coming back after a while!
Discover the collection
With objects from the 1600s to the present
Photography: Dutch Silver Museum
From chamber pots to pewter soldiers
Pewter on Display
In the ‘Tin Ten Toon’ exhibition, the Dutch Silver Museum will reveal the richness of the centuries-old material pewter. From beautifully-laid tables to children’s toys: pewter is found everywhere. But is its nickname ‘poor man’s silver’ justified? And what are the differences or similarities with silver? Visit this exhibition with unique objects and stories, brought together in cooperation with the Dutch pewter Association on the occasion of its 30th anniversary.
Silver prizes in the historic Dutch lotery
The winning ticket
From 16 February to 24 September 2023, the exhibition ‘The Winning Ticket, silver prizes in the historic Dutch Lottery’ can be seen in the Dutch Silver Museum in Schoonhoven. Lotteries were a form of crowdfunding avant la lettre in the 16th and 17th century.
Traditionally a disaster took place which prompted people to start a lottery and raise money for charity. Think of a major fire, a war, destruction by looters or arranging a shelter for orphans, the sick, the elderly or the poor. Rich and poor could participate. And who doesn’t like the change to win? Perhaps it fulfills the wish for a better life or the desire for something you could otherwise not buy. At the same time you help a good cause. Or does helping someone in need outweigh your personal benefit? In the 15th century lotteries came up in the Netherlands and Italy at about the same time, with silver as the main price.
Photo: Carla Leijen
The collection consists of silver objects and utensils. Objects from as early as the 1600s until present time.
Jewelry, showpieces and ecclesiastical silver. On top of that, visitors will be surprised to see objects from modern day designers as well.
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