A couple of weeks ago, on a particularly sunny day, I took out my bike for a ride. On my detour home I suddenly remembered a museum my friend had told me about. Wasn’t that right around here? Yes. At De Nieuwe Ooster, the Dutch cemetery, in the former house of the funeral warden, there is a rather unique place: Tot Zover (So Long), a one-of-a-kind funeral museum.
I visited the current exhibition about Coffin Product Photography, exploring the complex marriage between commerce and death, and the question of ‘how to sell the unsellable?’. The open conversation about mortality might not be for everyone (or is it?) but I very much appreciated the light -and sometimes even respectfully humorist- tone of the exhibition. There is nothing like it. Literally, as this is the only Dutch funeral museum in existence.
The Nieuwe Ooster is a striking, green cemetery. If you are there anyway, it’s definitely worth it to take a small walk around before you make your way back to the city center.