There’s no shortage of cultural history in Katwijk. The Romans left their marks in Valkenburg, and much of the history of Katwijk is on display in the museums. This is not limited to the fishing community. There is also the history of the artist’s colony in the village. More than eleven hundred Dutch and foreign painters were inspired by the clean air, the clear light and the hard and simple life of the fishermen.
Artists' colony Katwijk
Since the 17th century artists have visited Katwijk to study and paint the local light, the beach and the sea. For years the existence of an artists' colony in Katwijk has been forgotten. Activities of the ‘Stichting Kunstvereeniging Katwijk’ (Art Foundation Katwijk) show a new generation of artists returning to Katwijk who prefer to paint outdours. By means of exhibitions and publications The Katwijks Museum wants to make people aware of this phenomenon: a present-day artists' village is arising.