Museum for

Family History

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The International Museum for Family History is both a museum and a knowledge centre. We cater to a large audience and facilitate educational programs for the teaching and education sector. We exhibit objects of art related to the history of families, social, religious or ethnic groups, such as portraits, photographs, family trees, coats of arms, documents, family souvenirs, and archaeological artefacts.


Through modern interactive media visitors are introduced to the world of genetic genealogy, to medical and forensic research, for which we will not only present the facts but we will also discuss relevant social and cultural issues.

Next to a permanent collection and exhibition the museum will host temporary exhibitions on a variety of themes related to humanity and family history. The museum prides itself on showcasing humanity in all its glory using the sources and findings provided by modern genome research, archaeology, the rich traditions of genealogy and heraldry and the history of families, clans, tribes and ethnic groups.





Unity and diversity of Life

The Permanent Collection

Man, or in the language of biologists Homo sapiens, is characterised by a phenomenal blend of unity and diversity. Members of a family resemble each other and they differ from one another. Siblings, even so called identical twins, are not identical, but they do resemble each other, and to a lesser extend they do resemble their parents and their grandparents. The human population in a certain geographical area shows similarities and differences. Every individual in this world is instantly recognisable as a human being, as a member of the human species. Nonetheless, each and every human being is unique. Unique in outer and inner biological characteristics, in language, in cultural and social awareness, in personal history.


In the museum, different aspects of unity and diversity in humans will be highlighted in a number of departments (modules). What is the biological background for unity and diversity? Why do children resemble their parents and why do they differ so much from each other as well as they actually do differ from their parents? In how far do genetics help us in finding answers to this? What is the role of DNA? What is DNA? And what is the genome? What do modern sciences, medical genetics, the genome research, epigenetic research, forensic genetics reveal about us, our ancestry and our posterity?


Science provides important insights in the nature of humanity, but does not come close to giving us a complete view. Besides being biological organisms, we humans are also, or even predominantly (as we like to believe), creatures with a cultural and social nature. We are linked with each other through language, culture and history and we also differ from one another through language, culture and history. Through personal history, social experiences and through cultural growth we even differ from our close relatives. Where must we look for our personal, our own roots? Which events have shaped the history of our own family? What exactly is our family history?


Wars, revolutions, coups d’état, major discoveries and achievements, all make up our vision of history. The International museum for Family History intends to show history as it was daily experienced by individuals, groups or families by focusing on the personal history of ordinary and extraordinary men, on the roots and history of families and ethnic groups; sometimes taking this history on a journey of thousands of miles. Increasing knowledge on the human genome through the practice of genetic genealogy adds new horizons to traditional genealogy and family history. It brings about new ideas on historical migrations, both of ethnic groups and individuals.

The museum invites you to organize an exhibition regarding your own family. Our excellent staff will help you at every stage. Souvenirs of the family’s past: portraits, photographs, letters, medals, diplomas, newspaper clippings, objects passed from generation to generation, all can help to put together an interesting exhibition.