Het RijksmuseumThe Rijksmuseum is the museum of the Netherlands for art and history with a collection of more than 1 million objects ranging from the Middle Ages through the 21st century. As an organization we are deeply embedded in society. We explore current and social topics, which is reflected in our various collaborative partners, temporary exhibitions and other programming. In order to achieve this, we strive for diversity within all our teams.




The sub Department of Decorative Arts is seeking a:

Curator of Furniture (m/v/x)
36 hours per week


The curator will work within the team of eight curators and researchers of the subdepartment of Decorative Arts, as well as with the museum’s curators, conservators, information specialists and registrars. The curator is responsible for the museum’s holdings of Dutch and European furniture and is closely involved in all aspects of the scholarly research, publication and interpretation of works in this subject area. The curator is also responsible for recommending potential new acquisitions and plays a major role in exhibitions and displays in this field.

The main tasks are:

  • Manage the assigned collections and oversee the process of cataloguing, and making the artworks accessible;  
  • Conduct academic research and publish about furniture in this period;
  • Organize and co-ordinate presentations and exhibitions;
  • Communicate your expertise with both a lay and a professional public through publications, lectures and informal tours; 
  • Follow the art market and make proposals for acquisitions in this area;
  • Maintain and develop contacts with collectors;
  • Represent the Rijksmuseum in the art-historical world;
  • Demonstrable interest in ornamental drawings is considered a pre / appreciated.


  • Academic degree in art history (at least M.A.); 
  • Minimum of five years’ curatorial experience with Decorative Arts;
  • Ability to develop and elaborate creative visions;
  • Experience with project work, including in interdisciplinary (academic) context;
  • Experience in publishing catalogues and articles in leading academic journals and the equivalent;
  • Recognized expertise in the field of drawings, both nationally and internationally;
  • Excellent command of the Dutch language (or the willingness to learn it in the short term) and English language.

The gross monthly salary will be commensurate with education and experience, from a minimum of €3.744 to a maximum of €5.214 (scale 12), for a full working week of 36 hours, excluding 8% holiday allowance and end-of-year benefits. The Museum CAO applies. Furthermore, we offer 100% travel allowance from 5km and 100% reimbursement if you want to put your bike in a guarded bicycle shed at the station. When you are through probationary period, you can apply for a museum annual pass, which gives you unlimited access to up to 450 museums in the Netherlands. Finally, you will work in an inspiring, special working environment, where you can regularly visit the museum (+1 free introduce).


For further information, please contact Femke Diercks, Head of Decorative Arts, via the contact information below. For questions regarding the application procedure, please contact Puck Bastiaansen, Recruitment Business partner Advisor, via the contact information below.

The Rijksmuseum is an institution of and for the people. Therefore, our goal is to promote equality, diversity and inclusion. We cordially invite all interested parties to send their applications (C.V., letter of motivation and list of publications) no later than 6 September 2022 via the application button. We can only consider applications that are submitted via the application button.


Acquisitie naar aanleiding van deze vacature wordt niet op prijs gesteld.






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