Guided Tour Frans Post

With this tour you will follow in Frans Post’s footsteps: ‘travelling’ through Brazil you will see the New World through his eyes.

beeld View on Olinda, Brasil, Frans Jansz. Post, 1662

In 1636, six years after the Netherlands had conquered a part of Brazil from the Portuguese, the Dutch governor Johan Maurits of Nassau travelled to the new colony. His mission was to safeguard it and expand the number of sugar plantations to make the region even more profitable for the Netherlands.

capy Capybara, Frans Post (1612–1680), watercolor and gouache, with pen and black ink, c. 1638–1639. Noord-Hollands Archief, Haarlem Johan Maurits was accompanied by a group of scientists and artists tasked with documenting the landscape, the indigenous peoples, and the flora and fauna. Frans Post was one of them. He must have feasted his eyes on this exotic environment and drew what he saw, namely Brazilian nature in all its glory. In 1644 Post returned to the Netherlands, where he continued to paint Brazilian landscapes.


The exhibition Frans Post. Animals in Brazil runs from 7 October 2016 to 8 January 2017 in the Rijksmuseum’s Philips Wing. The exhibition is organised in collaboration with Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden and the Noord-Hollands Archief in Haarlem. Made possible by ING and Zabawas Foundation.


Daily Tour

Saturdays and Sundays 3-4 pm (8 October 2016-8 January 2017)

Christmas holiday (24 December 2016-8 January 2017): daily 3-4 pm

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Group Tour

Book a guided tour for your own group, between 12.30 and 3.30 pm

Book the group tour

Note: Group tours need to be booked at least two weeks in advance


The tour starts at the Information Desk in the museum


Daily tour: 5,- per person (excluding admission fee)

Group tour: 75,- per 15 persons (excluding admission fee)

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