#GoldenAge Learning app launched for exhibition at Hermitage Amsterdam

Check in 365 years ago and become a member of the 17th century old boys network.

The app #GoldenAge allows you to learn about the stories of the 17th Century paintings in an interactive and nonlinear way. #goudenEeuw is an app that works with beacon technology to make this possible. The app is created for an education program for high school students that fit within their programs on history and art history. Although it is created for students, it's a fun way to learn about the art works for any age group!

The social networks of the Golden Century have been translated to today’s social media.  The story starts after checking in with the app at the Hermitage, 365 years ago. Become friends with Rembrandt van Rijn and discover why the social status of Govert Flinck started to rise in 1656… All stories are part of the mandatory subject matter at high school which makes it a fun and intuitive way for students to learn about the history of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Museum and Lava Lab teamed up in 2015 for this project. The intense collaboration started by researching a new way of storytelling targeted at a younger audience. Through participatory design all the stakeholders (curator, educator, target audience, etc.) were constantly involved in the script writing, prototyping and user testing the app and the stories gradually developed.

The app is part of storytelling platform Flinck. Flinck is developed to give a deeper dimension to exhibitions in the physical space using non-linear storytelling and the Internet of Things.

Try the app

Do you want to try the app? Visit the Hermitage Amsterdam and download the app for Android or iPhone. Choose the story #GoudenEeuw: het complete verhaal, you'll receive updates at 12 paintings of the exhibition. The updates will automatically appear when you stand in front of these paintings.

About the exhibition

‘Portrait gallery of the Golden Age’ contains over 30 group portraits from the 17th century. The enormous paintings are mainly part of the collection from the Amsterdam Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Due to a very special collaboration between Amsterdam Museum, Rijksmuseum and the Hermitage Amsterdam these masterpieces are visible for a big audience. These ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’ of the Nightwatch are very rare and it is unique that they are all together because of the large dimensions.

Photo by: Fred Ernst
Photo by: Fred Ernst