June: Waterloo Month at the Hermitage Amsterdam

With the largest scale model of the Battle of Waterloo in the Netherlands, plus lectures, films and Stratego champions

June is Waterloo Month at the Hermitage Amsterdam. Not only is this a fitting theme to accompany the current exhibition, but the museum will also be commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 2015. Waterloo Month begins on Thursday 4 June with the unveiling of the largest Waterloo model in the Netherlands by Major General Van Uhm. Visitors to the Alexander, Napoleon & Joséphine exhibition will be able to view the model all month long. The programme also includes films and lectures about Napoleon and Waterloo. In the weekend of 13 and 14 June, visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to play Stratego against Dutch and world champions.

Waterloo model

The model of the Battle of Waterloo (scale 1:72) covers 33 m² and contains more than 9,000 soldiers and 1,500 horses. The model shows the battlefield as it was shortly before the first charge. The terrain is true to life and built to scale. Piet Prinsen of Castricum spent 28 years building the model, which is the largest in the Netherlands. It measures 700 x 476 cm in total, with bevelled edges. All of the regiments are presented in the correct uniform colours, banners and other accoutrements. Given the scale of the figures (about 2.5 cm high), this was obviously a painstaking and time-consuming task. Mr Prinsen will be at the museum every day to talk to visitors about the model.

Waterloo Month Programme

Wednesdays, Saturdays, SundaysNapoleon – The True Story, BBC documentary
Daily from 5 June – 21 JuneWaterloo scale model
Saturday 6 June, 2 p.m.Empirestijl (Empire Style), a lecture by antiquarian Rob Schreuder with an introduction by auctioneer Jop Ubbens
13 – 14 JuneStratego Weekend
Thursday 18 JuneVarious activities
Saturday 20 June, 3 p.m.Second premier of the documentary De Slag bij Waterloo. Dagboek van een veteraan (The Battle of Waterloo: Diary of a Veteran)
Sunday 21 June, 3 p.m.De schaduw van de revolutie (The Shadow of the Revolution), A musical lecture by writer Bart Van Loo and guitarist Geert Hellings
Sunday 28 June, 2 p.m. Joséphine’s Garden Party, a concert by the ensemble De Bezetting Speelt

Opening hours

Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed on 27 April (Kingsday)
Open on Christmas Day (25-12) &
1 January 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

The Hermitage Amsterdam is located on Amstel 51, Amsterdam

Photo Roy Beusker Fotografie

More information:
+31 (0)20 530 74 88

More information online ticketing:
+31 (0)20 530 87 55


Hermitage Amsterdam would like to thank:

Main sponsors
Exhibition sponsor
Media partner
Internet partner