The Netherlands is all set to be home to the biggest private exhibition of Apple products in Europe. It turns out that an Apple Museum covering 1600 square meters will open its doors in The Wall Utrecht earlier next year.
The museum is an initiative of Ed Bindels, founder and owner of Apple reseller Amac.
Already, thousands of objects were added to his extensive Apple collection when the management of the Apple Museum Netherlands Foundation in Westerbork transferred its complete collection to his management.
Largest Apple Reseller in the Netherlands
Founded in 2005, Amac is the largest Apple Reseller and official repair partner in the Netherlands.
The company has 50 outlets throughout the country, offering a complete range of Apple products and accessories for Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch.
Amac also offers other services to Apple users, including Amac Support and iMember for personal support and product training.
What to expect?
The Apple Museum in the Netherlands will showcase Steve Jobs’ years of experience and struggle with products, from Apple I to the latest iPad and iPhones.
The Apple Museum will offer the audience a chance to witness what technology was like in 1977.
The upcoming Apple Museum will have over 5000 pieces covering practically the entire range of Apple products from 1977 until now, including limited edition items that were sold exclusively in the US.
Ed Bindels, says, “It won’t simply be a collection of pallets with old computers. The collection will be exhibited in a manner worthy of its rich history, in a professionally designed environment together with fascinating storylines of which there are more than enough. Take for example NeXT, which was established by Steve Jobs after his departure from Apple in 1985, which had an enormous influence and was an indispensable part of the Apple story.”
Bindels expanded his collections over the years. Even during the other Apple Premium Resellers acquisitions, Biden purchased the entire collection together with the rest of the inventory, says the release.
‘During the corona pandemic, when our 50 stores were closed part of the time, I became quite focused on completing the collection,’ says Bindels. That was also when Bindels became acquainted with the management of Apple Museum Netherlands in Westerbork
According to him, various objects (including phones, computers, and other devices) will be placed within their historical timeframe explaining the paradigm shift brought by Apple.
Bindels adds, ‘You can explain that by showing what the mobile phone market had to offer between 2000 and 2007, before the introduction of the first iPhone.’
Still few missing
Currently, few products including Apple I, Apple Lisa 1, the NeXT Cube, and a Macintosh TV are yet to be procured for the Apple Museum. However, the replica of the products will be on the display, confirms Bindels.
It’s worth mentioning that, only 60 Apple I products are still known to exist and are now worth $1.5M (approx €1.2M) each.
Many of the objects will be restored in the coming period. Bindels: ‘Not everything needs to be in working order, but of course it would be fantastic if visitors soon had the opportunity to try working on a 1984 Macintosh or an Apple II.’