The Spinoza museum in Rijnsburg is open from Tuesday to Sunday 13.00 – 17.00 hours.

Spinoza settled in Rijnsburg in 1661 where he polished lenses for optical instruments and wrote down his reflections. On 14 March 1899 this house was opened as a museum. The library, owned by Spinoza on his death in 1677, has been largely reconstructed. It is now a collection that is unique in the world. Approximately 160 books: theology, history, literature, philosophy, mathematics, anatomy, astronomy, physics and optics.

Some of his works, such as the Theological-Political Treatise (TTP), the Opera Posthuma and the manuscript of a translation of the Ethica (moral philosophy) by Dionijs Burger, are part of the museum collection.In the museum rooms one can find among other things portraits, a copy of the Ban (Cherem) put on him by the Jewish community and a letter from Ben Gurion about this Ban. Other exhibits: stones with inscription, a cellar, statues and poems. In the visitors’ book you can see that famous people such as Einstein visited the museum. More information: Spinoza museum Rijnsburg

The aim of the Spinozahuis Society is to manage the museum in Rijnsburg that is dedicated to the life and work of the philosopher Benedictus de Spinoza and to promote interest in the study of his work. It does so by relying on its own resources only, for instance through membership fees. Become a member: membership

 

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Benedictus de Spinoza (1632 - 1677)

Spinoza is considered the most famous philosopher of the Netherlands.

He belongs to the small company of classic philosophers who are considered vital to the image of the history of Western thought.

The Ethics focuses on how man should behave in his pursuit of happiness, on the basis of understanding nature.

Spinoza’s political philosophy is based on a view of man as he is and not as he should be.

He is a strong advocate of democracy and a radical freedom of expression.

Do well and rejoice. Bene agere et laetari.

 

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