On June 28, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the opening of the new exhibition, ‘Koning Lodewijk Napoleon & zijn Paleis op de Dam’, at the Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam.

According to the official website for the Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam and RVD, the exhibition:

… focuses on different perspectives of the story of the first king of Holland. Here you will discover the special legacy of his government’s policies.  On the basis of mini-documentaries, art objects and attributes on the building itself is a picture of the way King Louis Napoleon lived at that time.

The town hall  turned into a Royal Palace on 20 April 1808, when it became the residence of the first King of Holland, 29-year-old Louis Napoleon (1778-1846) of France.

Two years later it served briefly as the palace of his brother, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. This period under French rule was a turning point in the history of the building and indeed the Netherlands as a whole.

If you are interested in viewing the exhibition, ‘Koning Lodewijk Napoleon & zijn Paleis op de Dam’, it opens to the public on June 29, 2012, and ends on September 16, 2012.  For more information please visit the official website for the Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam here.

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 Sources: Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam and RVD