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Rembrandts Amsterdam art experience opens on June 19

Rembrandts Amsterdam, a new immersive art experience with a reconstruction of Rembrandt’s lost studio, is opening in Amsterdam on June 19.

Rembrandts Amsterdam

Rembrandts Amsterdam is a new immersive museum for Amsterdam, taking visitors inside a reconstruction of Rembrandt’s lost studio, where he created his last works. Guests will meet Rembrandt’s wife Hendrickje, son Titus and daughter Cornelia.

Rembrandts Amsterdam was created by start-up company Citysaurus, Experiences with Impact. Citysaurus was founded by creative entrepreneurs, Simeon van Tellingen and Martin Poiesz.

“We hope that with our museum we can make a new group of visitors enthusiastic about the story of Rembrandt,” said Van Tellingen and Poiesz. “The techniques we use are different from those you can find in a regular museum and more comparable to a theater.

Rembrandt’s lost studio reconstructed

Rembrandts Amsterdam

“We tell a story with music and voice actors, light, image, scent and special effects,” they added. “In this way, you experience art and culture in a completely different way.

“It was a challenge to design and build this attraction during the COVID-19 pandemic, but I think we managed to create a museum experience with high regard to safety, is timeless, and is captivating and enchanting for the visitors.”

Rembrandts Amsterdam, which is located at Leidseplein, uses state-of-the-art video projections and special effects to immerse visitors in Amsterdam in the 17th century.

Explore Amsterdam in the 17th century

Rembrandts Amsterdam

At the end of the experience, guests will receive a map of the city with a focus on locations that were significant to Rembrandt. These include the artist’s previous home ‘Het Rembrandthuis’ and the place where he painted ‘The Night Watch’.

“We will not use written text on the wall or audio guides as found in other exhibitions about Rembrandt,” Van Tellingen said.

“With the use of modern video, lighting, audio and special effects we aim at creating a more immersed experience, which results in a higher impact of understanding and appreciation.”

Images: Rembrandts Amsterdam

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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