Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden Reopened after a Two-Year Renovation
Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden reopened its doors to the public after being closed for more than two years. During the closure, the museum has been thoroughly restored and expanded.
The renovated Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden © Karin Borghouts
The restored museum offers a rich selection from the collection of visual arts, craftwork and history, based on seven core stories. These include the premier exhibit on The Last Judgement by Lucas van Leyden, the collection on ‘The Siege and Relief of Leiden’, and the New Leiden Cloth, which was developed by five present-day artists and designers using a combination of new techniques and Leiden’s old, traditional crafts.
Susanna van Steenwijck-Gaspoel (1580-1653), View of de Lakenhal in Leiden 1642 © Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden
Until 3 October 2019, the museum is showing leading works from the Golden Age of Leiden’s masters such as Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Jan van Goyen, Jan Steen and the Leiden Fijnschilders in the exhibition Rembrandt & the Dutch Golden Age.
View of the new rear facade © HCVA
From 3 November 2019, the museum will present the much anticipated exhibition Young Rembrandt 1624-1634, in the new exhibition wing. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden and The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and is curated by Christopher Brown, the former director of the Ashmolean Museum; with Christiaan Vogelaar, curator of Museum De Lakenhal, and An Van Camp, curator of the Ashmolean Museum.