The Philips Museum | Virtual exhibition

Museums may be physically closed but online there’s a cultural database full of exhibitions curated by museums, galleries, and art spaces in Eindhoven. This week’s virtual exhibition consists of a virtual tour through two expos of the Philips Museum, which both include a podcast. 


Vinyl is back: nostalgic, tangible and in a new way contemporary. Reason enough for the Philips Museum to create an exhibition around it. The colorful photos take you on a journey from album covers to the glory days of Philips’ music industry. After vinyl records, the CD (Compact Disc) became a big hit. Its introduction was the responsibility of Jan Timmer. At the time, he was the director of PolyGram (Grammophon-Philips Group). In series 4 of the Podcast ‘Philips Museum vertelt’, he takes you along the process, from the influence of the music industry to the end of the discomania. 

Philips Museum

Visas to Freedom

Philips’s history is enriched with special stories. Such as the story behind the exhibition Visas to Freedom, which takes you back to World War II to the year 1940. Jan Zwartendijk was a branch director of Philips. He also operated as the deputy consul in Lithuania, which made him an indispensable link in the escape of thousands of Jews. For days he wrote out visas, enabling Jewish refugees to make a long journey to safe destinations. He himself did not find his actions heroic, but rather something everyone in the same position would have done. 

These survival stories all came after his death, just like the honor that was due to him. He was awarded the Yad Vashem. In addition, a monument for him was revealed in Kaunas, the capital of Lithuania at the time. You can listen to these exceptional stories in series 3. 

Due to the coronavirus COVID-19, we will inspire you as much as possible with background stories and tips of things that you can do to experience Eindhoven in a safe way. More information on the measures in Eindhoven and the Netherlands can be found here.

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