About the Collection

Read about our collection policy and the terms and conditions for offering an (art) object.

Special collections

Discover our special collections, such as the Dick Bruna collection, the Rietveld Schröder Archives, the Van Baaren collection and more.


Would you like to have a work of art from our collection on loan? This is possible. Read our rules for applying for a loan.

Image request

Easily order a digital image of an object in the collection.

Europeana Fashion

The European fashion database Europeana Fashion is made possible by 21 museums and archives. Read more about this unique initiative.


Online platform Modemuze provides a comprehensive overview of Dutch fashion and costume history. The Centraal Museum is one of 13 partners.

Research & expertise

In order to preserve our collection of art, city history, fashion and design as effectively as possible, we frequently conduct research. We share the results ...


Our library contains thousands of books about the collection. You can leaf through them in the Information Centre. The library itself can only be visited by ...