The website Entoen.nu is an overview of the 50 most important chapters of Dutch history, presented in an editorial format called a “canon”.

The website Entoen.nu is an overview of the 50 chapters you have to know about Dutch history. The majority of primary schools in the Netherlands uses this website to support history lessons and inspire their pupils. The website is used by 90.000 people a month, mostly students and teachers. 

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Regional Canons

Since the introduction of the national Canon also regional Canons have been added to Entoen.nu These canons have a more local focus and are managed by editors from regional heritage institutions. To distinguish these regional Canons from the National Canon we expanded the standard colour scheme by introducing 12 new colours. To maintain consistency and visual clarity, no other colours than black and white are used in combination with the colour of the Canon you are exploring.

My Canon

Entoen.nu invites visitors to create their own Canon. This can be done in a fast and intuitive way. You can make your personal Canon in 15 seconds by providing a postcode, date of birth and interests. The website will then generate a Canon based on this information.

Advanced users can personalise further by creating their own chapters. One way to do this, is to enrich your content with images from Collectie Nederland. This national collection contains over 5 million images from all important museums and institutions in the Netherlands. Personalised canons are used used for educational purposes, personal interest or institutional presentations.

Canon Browser

The Canon Browser visualizes the circa 1500 chapters from all canons on the site (national & regional). It enables the user to explore the relationship between those historic chapters. You can explore the chapters either geographically (on a map) or based on relationships (in a web).


In 2017, the Dutch Openluchtmuseum opened a permanent exhibition about the national Canon. At the end of this spectacular exhibition, the visitors can use an adapted version of the Canon browser to explore chapters of their interest.

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