De Grachtwacht has a unique collection of Anthropocene objects; finds from the age of man. We preserve exciting finds that we find on, in and around the canal. Each of the objects tells a story.
We are building a scientific collection of litter and preserving the most extraordinary finds from clean-ups. We also manage a growing collection of urban nature. Preserving fish in formalin such as drowned hedgehogs, birds and rabbits from the canal. Many animals included in the collection found its death by being entangled in plastic. These are local examples of the effect of plastic on nature. The impact of mankind can be seen in each collected object. Discover it below and in our exhibitions!
From different corners of the world we collect objects, thanks to collaborations with different people and organisations. For example, we work with city ecologists, animal ambulances, bird shelters, litter pickers and other heroes. We are very grateful to all collectors for their donations. Thanks to their efforts and finds we can make people aware of all the beautiful and less beautiful things that happen in and around the canal.
Would you like to donate an exceptional find?
The collection forms the basis for the research we do. This is reflected in our scientific publications and shown in our exhibitions.
Have you found a dead animal yourself, or would you like to add something to the collection? You can! Let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org.