About the Reinwardt Academy

The Reinwardt Academy, part of the Amsterdam University of the Arts, is the sole college offering a bachelor's programme in Cultural Heritage (taught in Dutch). For those who aspire a policy function in the international work field of cultural heritage and museums, the academy offers an English-taught master's programme in Applied Museum & Heritage Studies.

Cultural heritage tells us who we were, determines who we are and encourages us to think about our future. The Reinwardt Academy strives to contribute to this philosophy by positioning itself as one of the foremost knowledge, research, and training centres in this domain, where established as well as future cultural heritage professionals, from all over the world, can exchange knowledge, share inspiring ideas and develop innovative professional products. The academy organizes several debate nights a year, the annual Reinwardt Lecture and international workshops.

Cultural heritage is not an isolated phenomenon, but a quality ascribed to (intangible) matters under specific circumstances. These circumstances are often urgent: something is in danger of disappearing or is under societal or political pressure. Theories concerning the processes and themes involved, as well as research on all potential implications thereof, are central to the Cultural Heritage Research Group programme.

Sustainable monumental building
The Reinwardt Academy is located in a renovated monumental nineteenth-century school building, in the heart of Amsterdam. Key principles of the renovation were sustainability, the preservation of historical elements and the creation of a pleasant and flexible learning and working environment for students and staff. The result is a bright and inspiring building with lecture and meeting rooms, workplaces, a spacious auditorium, and an area for symposia.

Caspar Reinwardt
Caspar Georg Carl Reinwardt (1773-1854) was a well-respected Prussian-Dutch scientist, professor and director of various botanical gardens. During his stay in the former Dutch East Indies he assembled sizeable collections which eventually found their ways to numerous museums in the Netherlands. The academy was named for him because he was everything a museologist should be. He assembled and documented collections systematically and with broad interest, and he advised others and facilitated their research.