Dutch Museum Bans All Reference to “Golden Age”
The Amsterdam Museum is banning the use of the term “Dutch Golden Age” in reference to the 17th century. The era has long been referred to as the Golden Age in Dutch history due to the Netherlands’ great prosperity in the areas of trade, military, art, and science during this period. In reality, these were colonial times that also featured war, poverty, and slavery. The decision by the Amsterdam Museum is controversial. Another well-known museum in the Netherlands has responded by saying it will not try to erase the past and will continue to use the term Dutch Golden Age to refer to the 17th century despite the negative aspects of these times.