In the early 1950s the association was born after regularly showing documentaries at the film theatre at Museon’s previous location (back then it was called the Museum for Education) at Hemsterhuisstraat. The Union of Cinema Owners (de Bioscoopbond) objected to this public presentation of films, so Museon decided to give private showings only for members.
New developments, especially the advent of television, presented the basis for the private film shows and the gradually declining number of members. To attract more members management activities had to follow a different direction: purposeful initiatives were taken to recruit members and expand member benefits. Membership exploded with the association now counting around 2400 members. The Friends Association is one of the 10 largest museum friends association in the country.
In 2013 the Friends Association annual contribution is € 20 for adults and € 14 for young members (up to 18 years).
Of course good policy, competent finances and professional organisation plus many enthusiastic volunteers are needed to properly run such a large association. The association has experienced managers who all work on a voluntary basis. Many volunteers take turns in manning Museon’s shop.
Together with Omniversum
When, about 15 years ago, the
Over the years the Friends Association has rendered many services to both institutions. Museon numerous visitors’ sofas, lockers in the hall, a new truck ... all were made available. Recently the Friends Association entered into a cooperative effort to provide Museon with EUR 90,000 to refurbish the permanent exhibition on the first floor.
For more information, you can contact the secretary of the Friends Association: tel. 070-3381452; (monday 09:30 til 12:00) or mail to you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- e-mail email@example.com
- OR transfer the membership fee to Postbank (ING) account number 61 19 59 in the name of 'Vereniging van Vrienden van Museon en Omniversum' stating 'new member' (young members should state their date of birth)
- OR sign up at the Museon shop
And all existing members are most welcome to sign up new members.The museum shop is in the foyer – opposite the sperm whale skeleton. It provides a great selection of books, gifts, toys and other articles reflecting Museon’s collections.
And you are also most welcome at the shop even if you are not visiting Museon.