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or call 020-334 32 90 (during office hours).
What’s that, you have to do a DNA-test to gain entrance?
In the weekends a team extracts your DNA at the entrance to test it for genetic risks. Participation is not obligatory and is at your own risk.
Did I hear that right? You get discount carrying a NRC newspaper?
Yes, that is correct. NRC Handelsblad is our media partner. If you have a subscription (or you have the wit to buy a single copy) you pay € 7,50 instead of € 11,-. You can also buy the ticket with discount online in advance. Indicate in the reservation system you want to buy a ticket for € 7,50. But don’t forget to bring the newspaper too (otherwise you will still have to pay the full price). Note, this discount is NOT valid with the NRC Next. That is a different newspaper..
Is the exhibition suitable for children?
The question: what is normal and who decides what normal is? is a very interesting question for children and teenagers. For high school students we have realised an extensive education programme (see also the information under ‘education’). A number of artworks will appeal to children, other works won’t. But that is of course always the case. There is no separate guided tour and there are no separate texts for children. Many pieces are intriguing on their own account and you can have fun conversations about the artworks: ‘someone who’s old, but wants to look young, is that normal?. Or: ‘Is this an animal or a human being?’ Children under 12 get free entry.
Who organised the exhibition?
Ine Gevers is the initiator. She assembled the team and took care of the financing. Naturally this would not have been possible without the faith and contributions of funds and sponsors. We are connected with many institutions and other initiatives (see also the complete list of partners), but we are not backed by a large, pre-existing institution such as a museum or a fund.
For who actually is this exhibition?
Niet Normaal is for everyone. We aim at a broad audience because we would like everybody to think about the question: what is normal and who decides what normal is? Whether you are young or old, higher or lower educated, black or white, an art fanatic or uninitiated. The exhibition is also suitable for children and young people. It is not without reason our education programme for high school students is packed. If you want to come with a big group (family, friends, colleagues) or even with the whole school: you’re at the right address. Send an email to
. Groups pay a lower entrance fee.
Is this an exhibition about people who are not normal?
No, this is an exhibition about all the people. Niet Normaal does not make distinctions between so-called normal and not-normal people, but embraces all diversities.
Is the Beurs van Berlage wheelchair accessible?
Yes. Specially for Niet Normaal a large catwalk has been built – the entrance for the disabled, the abled and everything in between – which bridges the difference in height of the Beursplein and the entrance of Beurs van Berlage. The Beurs also has disabled toilets.
Can the artworks be touched?
Blind and partially sighted persons are allowed to touch a number of artworks under guidance to get a good idea of the works. This is only permitted under guidance and special gloves need to be worn.
Every day there are people in the Beurs present who can assist blind and partially sighted people with this. To avoid waiting, it is advisable to contact us in advance and to make an appointment. This is also necessary when you come with a group, because then more guides will be required. Monday is the most quiet day of the exhibition, then it will be calm and there will be enough attention, but of course you are welcome on other days too.
You can contact us by emailing
or by calling the office: 020 - 334 32 90.
Can we get a group discount?
Yes, definitely. We can also provide special guided tours. For this, please contact
Can you visit the exhibition during the film programme?
Unfortunately not. The film programme starts at 19:00 and the exhibition space is closed then.