Interactively experiencing the river

Picturing the river Waal

In this atmospheric, interactive exhibition you will discover beautiful stories about this river and its surroundings.

Dutch rivers usually flow 'sluggishly through endless lowlands', but sometimes they are treacherous and untamable. On the one hand they are a persistent threat to our safety, on the other hand an inexhaustible source of artistic inspiration. Rivers have shaped the landscape of the Netherlands, offering breathtaking views and natural beauty. They are essential to trade and connect towns and cities. People have been living on the banks of the river Waal for over 10,000 years.

Since people have lived along the river for centuries, the Waal  and its surroundings provide a treasury of stories. In this exhibition at De Bastei, on the Waalkade in Nijmegen, these exciting stories come to life in contemporary and interactive presentations.

Immerse yourself in the rich history of this river. Discover forgotten battles and places of sacrifice. Experience which exciting natural phenomena, ship bridges and drowned villages play a role in the story of the river.

In this interactive presentation you are also challenged to give shape to the stories at hand: what part do you play in the story of the river Waal?

This exhibition is a sequel to the collaborative project of De Bastei, Museum Het Valkhof, Erfgoed Gelderland (Heritage Gelderland), Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed (the government department for the cultural heritage), Provincie Gelderland (the province of Gelderland), Gemeente Nijmegen (the city of Nijmegen) and Bureau Overland.