The end for House Doorn?

Times of crises are not good for cultural institutions. Also in the Netherlands the governement has decided to (partly) stop their aid to several of them. So lots of museums are doing everything they can to get money elsewhere. For example Loevestein Castle and House Doorn now only get money for accomodation and maintenance, but not for anything else. So they probably need to close their doors soon.

House Doorn is the place where the German Emperor in exile – Wilhelm II – spent the last twenty years of his life. He is buried in a mausoleum in the garden. It is quite an interesting museum and one of the very few places where the Great War is remembered, in a country that didn’t take part in that war.

But there has come a little bit of hope recently. The Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten has offered their help in thinking about a solution, but that is only possible if the Dutch governement comes up with enough money to keep open at least for a while. Unfortunately it was decided yesterday, that the government plans stay the way they are. Which means that House Doorn becomes only about half the money they received before.

There are some other things also to worry about for the museum. In the night from Sunday to Monday thieves have stolen several silver items from the museum. The museum therefore has closed its doors at least until today. They were open extra long from 15 December to 6 January with Christmas decoration and a silver exhibition.

Early 2013 the museum will decided whether they remain open, or the museum has to close its doors.

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