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How is the collection managed?

Several dozen items are added to the museum collection each year. Each new item is registered. Until quite recently, information such as origin, date, the maker, dimensions and background information was typed onto a paper inventory card. The process is now digital, and all information is saved in the ADLIB registration system. It is also important to update the location of the object, so that it can easily be found. The condition of the object is also regularly examined. If wear or damage is ascertained, the item may require restoration. Museum staff make every effort to make as much visual material and information about the collection available to the public, through the website and publications.

The objects are given a place in the museum’s permanent collection, or exhibited in a temporary exhibition. Some items are loaned to other museums or locations. For example, a portrait of Spinoza is on display at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam, and a portrait of Christiaan Huygens can be seen at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in Leiden. Paintings from the museum’s collection decorate the rooms at Kasteel de Wittenburg, a hotel and event location in Wassenaar. Gaps in the museum collection are sometimes filled with long-term loans from other museums. One such example is the model of Huis ten Bosch, which is on long-term loan from Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn.