Exhibitions at the Dutch Fortress Museum

We organize exhibitions related to fortress building or the history of Naarden on an regular basis.

The VOC on Sri Lanka, fortresses in the land of cinnamon and elephants.

From 20th May 2018 – 19th May 2019 there is an exhibition in Casemate IJ about Dutch fortresses on Sri Lanka that were build in the 17th and 18th Century. This great island formerly known as Ceylon and situated on the southside of India, was important for cinnamon, a spice the VOC (Dutch East India Company) wanted to have a monopoly on.

In 1796 when The Netherlands were occupied by the French, the English took over the island. Until today the remains of Dutch fortresses, churches and cemeteries can be seen on Sri Lanka.

With this exhibition, curator Lodewijk Wagenaar gives an insight in fortress building, trade and daily life of the European soldiers in the tropics.