Taxidermy & Wildlife artistsWe would like to introduce our team to you! We are known internationally as one of the premier taxidermy- studios and taxidermy-shops.
Erwin van ZoelenFounder/ Owner/ Qualified taxidermist
When your passion becomes your profession, wonderful things happen...
Sophie KielaQualified taxidermist/ Dutch Champion Taxidermy
Sophie Kiela was formerly a bio technician, but now she has put her heart into the art of taxidermy. She’s been in the craft since 2005, with Erwin van Zoelen showing her the ropes. She is amongst top taxidermists in the Netherlands. Sophie mostly focusses on the taxidermy of birds, but she has also specialized in the preparation of small to fox-sized mammals and insects. On November 7th 2015, she has won the Dutch championships of taxidermy, with her mounted bird (Major Michell’s cockatoo) and even being deemed “Best of Show”.
Together with our taxidermists Rick Way and Wesley Kevenaar, Sopie Kiela received a special award for Most Artistic Entry with their stunning collective taxidermy piece, featuring 2 magpies and a wolverine, on the European Taxidermy Championships in 2018.
Nicolette Naphausen takes care of the management of de Museumwinkel.com and, together with Erwin van Zoelen, supervises the processes in the company. In addition to her main responsibilities in running the company and setting overall product strategy, she remains actively involved in the sales, design, and product teams within the organization.
Nicolette is driving the company’s vision of Taxidermy with talent faster than ever. She holds a Master of Arts from the University of Nijmegen and she has a keen eye for quality, design and taxidermy. With her knowledge and enthusiasm on nature, she can offer extensive advice. She herself is an enthusiastic collector of modern and Victorian taxidermy .
Qualified taxidermist/ Dutch Champion Taxidermy
Rick Way specializes in the taxidermy of small and medium-sized birds. He’s been awarded twice with the title of Dutch Champion Taxidermy, clearly showing the precision and accuracy he puts into his work.
Together with our taxidermists Wesley Kevenaar and Sopie Kiela, Rick Way received a special award for Most Artistic Entry with their stunning collective taxidermy piece, featuring 2 magpies and a wolverine, on the European Taxidermy Championships in 2018.
Rick does taxidermy the way it's meant to be done. He has a great deal of reference and hands on experience, both in the field and in the studio. Each animal is treated with a lot of respect. That is why he is often asked to do taxidermy work for collectors and museums.
Wesley Kevenaar expertises in the taxidermy of large mammals, although he is equally talented with smaller mammals and birds. He has been awarded with an honorable mention and several other prizes at the Dutch Taxidermy Championships. Wesley is always ready for a challenge, making stunning pieces that almost seem to bring the animals back to life. Each piece is made in consultation with our clients in order to portray their trophy in a realistic and natural form.
Together with our taxidermists Sophie Kiela and Rick Way, Wesley Kevenaar received a special award for Most Artistic Entry with their stunning collective taxidermy piece, featuring 2 magpies and a wolverine, on the European Taxidermy Championships in 2018.
Willem LeendersJunior taxidermist
Willem Leenders assists our taxidermists in our workshop, making sure that the to-be-mounted animals are well prepared for his colleagues. He is also specializing in the art of taxidermy. He received an honorable mention at the Dutch Taxidermy Championships of 2017 and aims to become a professional taxidermist. He has great interest in birds of prey and loves flying with his Harris's hawk, which helped him get a good critical eye in bird anatomy.
In addition to helping our taxidermists, Willem is responsible for the assembly of our domes with mounted butterflies, turning them into colourful pieces of art.
Sarah ReyndersAssistent taxidermist
Sarah Reynders is a young artist and our Belgian addition to the team. She won the Wanatoe prize in 2016, in addition to the Design Limburg and C-mine student award during her studies of jewelry design.
She now combines her craftsmanship in jewelry with the art of taxidermy, assisting the team with the preparation and mounting of the animals and using the art of airbrush to restore their old colours.
Sarah is also learning to preserve insects and butterflies with great precision.
Lara LemAdministratie/ Sales
Lara Lem offers us great support at the office. Because of the many educations she followed, combined with years of experience in accountancy and automation, she organizes the administration and the personnel department of our store in a structured and well-organized way. Thanks to her broad knowledge of sales and administration and her view on interior design, she can always provide you with good advice.
Lara is always full of anthousiasm and always willing to help you with everything!
Emma van GrinsvenShop manager
Emma van Grinsven is very passionate about the animal world. With her knowledge of fauna, she can give everyone who comes into the store suitable advice. Emma is a real organizer: she knows the ins and outs of the store and ensures that our service is always top quality. Thanks to her, the departments in our shop are communicatively well connected.
Together with Loes and Cile, Emma helps the clients in the store and takes care of the web shop and interior.
Patrick VosInsect and Butterfly department
Patrick Vos is responsible for the department of butterflies and insects. When you order a butterfly on the web shop or at our store, Patrick frames it for you with the greatest precision.
Patrick also is very experienced in preserving insects and butterflies, making sure that we can offer the best quality to you. He is learning to become a specialized entomologist.
Feel free to ask her any question about our products, for she will certainly know the answer!
Loes has a true talent for sales. With a background in food & business, she always knows how to provide our customers with a suitable solution.
Loes is a real jack-of-all-trades, she not only ensures that all mail is answered, and that our packages are shipped on time, but she also knows how to frame one of our beautiful insects for you. Because of her enthusiasm and her excellent communication skills, she is an indispensable part of our team.
Together with Emma and Cile, Loes ensures that you are well assisted and that the store has a tasteful appearance.