Cultural ANBI Status

Museum Geelvinck Foundation
(previously: Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis Foundation)
KvK no. 41215421
RSIN: 815194687
BTW-nr: NL815194687B01

Shorter/frequently used name: Museum Geelvinck
International name: Amsterdam Museum Geelvinck

Statutory establishment: Haarlemmer Houttuinen 47-D, Amsterdam

HQ and postal address Heerde:
Museum Geelvinck at the Kolthoorn Estate
Huize Kolthoorn, Kamperweg 23, 8181 CS Heerde

Amsterdam address:
Geelvinck Early Piano Museum Amsterdam
Posthoornkerk (entrance via the catacombs)
Haarlemmer Houttuinen 47-D, Amsterdam

– Amsterdam: (+31) 020-6390747
– Heerde HQ: (+31) 0578-695670


Banking no. NL55 RABO 0314238131 Museum Geelvinck

Museum Geelvinck is included in the Museum Register (recalibration took place in 2019-2020)

The Museum Geelvinck foundation is finically recognised by the Dutch tax authorities as a ‘cultural ANBI‘.

Foundation board:

  • Mrs. N.M.H.B.Y. Vink-Peter, chairman
    1st term ends in 2023
  • Mrs. drs. A.M. Verweij, vice-chairman
    2nd term ends in 2023
  • Mr. Drs. M. Bitter, secretary
    2nd term ends in 2020
  • Mr. A.J. van Caubergh, treasurer
    2nd term ends in 2020
  • Mrs. D.M. van Gorp, member
    2nd term ends in 2021
  • Mr. G. de Boer, member
    2nd term ends in 2021

Board members can be reappointed twice. From 2020, the appointment term is three years.

Advisory Board:

  • R.A. Egarr (Geelvinck Early Piano Museum Amsterdam and Geelvinck Festival)
  • Mrs. W.R.J.M. Pijnenburg-Adriaenssen (project Bashkortostan – Veessen & Wijhe)
  • drs. L.G. Samama
  • Mrs. Maud Arkesteijn-Van Willigen (Geelvinck Festival)

Managing board:

  • dr. J.A.W. Buisman, general director of Museum Geelvinck
    Also business leader of the Geelvinck Early Piano Festival and Geelvinck Walking Concerts

Secretariat Amsterdam:

  • Mrs. G. de Vries

Artistic director Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival:

  • Dr. M. Tsalka

Jury chairman and advisor Geelvinck Fortepiano Competition

  • Drs. M. Baudet

Geelvinck Music Museums
In early 2017, Museum Geelvinck – with support from the Mondriaan Fund – entered into a close collaboration with the Pianola Museum in Amsterdam and since then has also been operating under the name Geelvinck Muziek Musea. At the beginning of 2020, Huis Midwoud in Midwoud, near Utrecht (the Netherlands) also joined the Geelvinck Music Museums.

Geelvinck Music Museums management
Besides J.A.W. Buisman, Y.P. Verschoor, director Huis Midwoud and former director of Geelvinck Pianola Museum, represent the management of the Geelvinck Music Museums partnership

Due to Corona, the locations in Heerde and Amsterdam are currently not open to the public. As soon as the Corona measures make it possible again, you can visit us again by appointment. We strictly adhere to the Corona measures.

Geelvinck Music Museum Zutphen
On June 30, 2017, the Geelvinck Music Museum Zutphen opened in the national monument building “De Wildeman” to the public, which developed into the Dutch center for fortepiano within two years. Unfortunately, this location had to close its doors in November 2019 due to a changed policy in the municipality of Zutphen and a significant architectural problem in the historic building. From International Museum Day 2020, the museum can be viewed virtually at

Negotiations are now underway about a new business location in Kampen. In addition, we have submitted a proposal for a public presentation at the country estate Oud Amelisweerd (near Utrecht) to the Municipality of Utrecht.

Objective Museum Geelvinck:
a network museum, as well as an institution organising cultural activities

Museum Geelvinck was opened to the public in 1991 in the Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis in Amsterdam. The museum has been included in the Dutch Museum Register since 2005. At the end of 2015, Museum Geelvinck moved to the Posthoornkerk (from 2020 the Geelvinck Early Piano Museum Amsterdam) and from 2016 to 2019 it had a branch in Zutphen: the Geelvinck Music Museum Zutphen. The museum’s administration is located in Heerde.

The museum foundation is a non-profit social institution and does not run a business within the meaning of corporation tax. The foundation has the tax status of a “Cultural ANBI”, a Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling (Geefwet).

Museum Geelvinck and the related foundations Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival and Geelvinck Walking Concerts are honoring the Code Governance Culture, Code Cultural Diversity and the Fair Practice Code. Museum Geelvinck adheres to the Code of Ethics for Museums and the LAMO. In addition, the museum and the aforementioned foundations are committed to inclusiveness and sustainability where possible (such as the “green” and “slow” movements); for example, we participate in the “Encore” campaign (as a member of the Association for Performing Arts Festivals) to involve those facing financial difficulties and asylum seekers. Museum Geelvinck is a participant of Citta Slow Heerde and co-initiator of Slow Food Convivium Amsterdam Center. Museum Geelvinck is active in, among others, the Museum Association (NMV), the Dutch-Flemish Working Group of the 18th Century, the Dutch-Flemish Working Group on Modern Times, sKBL, etc. ) and Heritage Gelderland. The museum is internationally active in ICOM (institutional member), CIMCIM, ICLCM, DemHist, ICOMOS, Europa Nostra, REMA-EEMN, Interpret Europe, EFFE and IFCS.

The core of the collection consists of musical instruments, mainly pianos from the second half of the 18th and first half of the 19th century. The museum has acquired the Sweelinck Collection (formerly Sweelinck Museum) on long-term loan from the foundation of the same name; this concerns, among other things, the most important collection of pianos built in the Netherlands from the period from the late 18th century to the first half of the 19th century, which the Council for Culture has designated as irreplaceable Dutch heritage (Conservation of Cultural Heritage Act / Heritage Act). In addition, Museum Geelvinck owns a large number of historical pianos, mostly square pianos, and also has objects on loan. In total, Museum Geelvinck manages more than 200 historical instruments.

Main outlines of the policy plan
The mission of Museum Geelvinck is to preserve the historic piano and related keyboard instruments (clavichord, harpsichord, harmonium, pianola, etc.), whereby the aim is not only to permanently safeguard the material-sounding heritage, but also the inseparable intangible heritage: living intangible heritage, being the knowledge and skill of the traditional technique (construction, restoration, voicing and tuning) and of playing it professionally (musicians and composers).

Digital collection access, scientific historical and musicological research, knowledge exchange, vocational education and talent development (apprenticeships and stimulation of stage experience) are permanent elements in the policy. The museum strives for a national public presentation, broad-based music education, encouragement of young professional talent through masterclasses, competitions and ‘fringe’ concerts and stimulation of involvement (volunteers, friends, crowdsourcing, accessible lectures, etc.). The museum also strives to strengthen public support for our mission. In addition to the location in the catacombs of the Posthoornkerk (vocational education and public presentation of early pianos) in Amsterdam and our location at Landgoed Kolthoorn in Heerde, we are committed to creating a new public presentation (Geelvinck Piano Music Museum) in the Netherlands and further afield.

It aims to reach a wide audience by organising concerts, not only on the small stages of the Geelvinck Music Museums, but also in other museums, castles and country estates. By relocating playable historical pianos there, we want to gradually expand the number of small stages available. In addition to reaching a larger audience, we can in this way stimulate talent development among young professional talent (gain experience) and also offer experienced ensembles the opportunity to present new concert programs. The thematic concert series, which are released under the name ‘Geelvinck Muziek in Musea’ (such as the Geelvinck Salon in the Luther Museum Amsterdam and in Museum Oud Amelisweerd), and music events, such as walking concerts, have the unifying motto: historically informed (piano) music on historical instruments in a historical setting.

We also stimulate new compositions, cultural crossovers, interdisciplinary and experimental manifestations for historical keyboard instruments and integrate these into the concert programming. A connection is also sought with non-Western music styles, as well as with folk music, film music and other music genres, such as jazz, neo-classic, urban and the like. The museum does not act as a client, but through an open call to musicians, ensembles and composers gives them the opportunity to come up with proposals for the thematic concert series on the stages, where instruments are on loan from us, and to collaborate with to engage us.

Museum Geelvinck works together with the Pianola Museum (Amsterdam) and Huis Midwoud (Midwoud) under the name Geelvinck Music Museums. As an initiating partner, Museum Geelvinck’s function is that of a facilitating primus inter pares. In turn, Museum Geelvinck is looking for connections with significant knowledge centers, such as the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam Museum and the Early Music Organization, as well as universities and research centers in the Netherlands and abroad, such as the University of Leiden, Orpheus Institute and Greifenberger Institut. We also strive for cooperation with educational institutions. In the first place with the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, but also with other conservatories and music schools at home and abroad. In addition, we work together with vocational schools for piano technicians and conservators, restoration workshops and training courses in the field of museums and heritage. By creating apprenticeships and internships, we provide the opportunity to gain practical experience. We also make instruments available to students and beginning professional musicians. Children’s concerts are a recurring element in the programming every year. We also loan playable instruments to other museums and also for concerts (including at the Royal Concertgebouw), master classes and the like.

The digital recording of performances (audio and video) and the making available of these recordings, both via the internet, radio and other media, is a significant part of the public opening up of the collections. In addition, the aim is to make the collections accessible via the internet (including MIMO). The collections are physically accessible in the Geelvinck Music Museums and in the conservatories, museums, castles and country estates that collaborate with us through public presentation (exhibition and performances). The audience reach is increased by means of audio and video recordings for CD releases, social media, streaming and radio or television broadcasts. Museum Geelvinck also manages a (physical) music library and an archive.

The activities of the museum are not limited to historical musical instruments. The museum continues to focus on themes that started in the past, such as research into the Geelvinck, Hinlopen and related families in relation to the Geelvinck Hinlopen House and its history, including, but not limited to, the trading, colonial and slavery past, related houses , country estates and other possessions, their role in patriotism, etc. As a result of previous exhibitions, the museum also develops projects on themes such as Dutch porcelain, chine-de-commande coats of arms, historic gardens and orchards, water-related heritage, the social and social role of women in the 18th and 19th centuries, etc. An example is a project supported by our museum with museums in Odisha (India) regarding the former VOC settlement there. As a result of our exhibition ‘1813: The Netherlands liberated by the Russians’ (2013-2014), we are actively involved in a project in the municipalities of Heerde and Olst-Wijhe, in which, in collaboration with the local museums / historical associations, attention is paid to these period in a bilateral cooperation with Bashkortostan, an autonomous republic within the Russian Federation (conference and schools project).

For an overview of recent activities and financial reporting, we refer to the annual reports of the foundation.

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