Museums Thefts Netherlands

Nearly 140 possibly looted objects found in Dutch museums

Heirs of former owners can file restitution claims online

A four-year review has identified 139 art objects in Dutch museum collections that may have been looted from Jewish owners during the Second World War. More than 400 institutions were investigated during the audit, all of which had acquired the works between 1933 and the present.

This is the second review of Dutch museum collections in search of stolen art. Ten years ago, another investigation looked at work collected between 1940 and 1948. The latest, which cost €1.3m, inspected any and all work that had ownership gaps in its provenance. It is estimated around 650,000 objects and works of art were looted during the war.

The heirs of the former owners can file claims with the Dutch Restitutions Committee online at

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