The Museum Pavilion

The dilapidated 17th century Nijsinghhuis was bought by Jos and Janneke van Groeningen in 1971. The restoration of the house turned into the construction of a museum. This gave the couple space for their growing collection of contemporary figurative art. Slowly but surely, a larger museum plan came into being. It consisted of the restoration, refurbishment and opening of the Nijsinghhuis, a museum pavilion where the collection could be exhibited, and also the reconstruction of the gardens. On the 9thof October in 1996, the museum pavilion was opened with great fanfare by none other than our former Queen Beatrix. Besides the fact that there is a beautiful collection on display in the pavilion, the architecture is also magnificent. It seems to be part of the nature, which was the intention of architectural firm Alberts & Van Huut. Their motto is “We don’t create architecture, we create nature”.

The gorgeous gardens

Janneke van Groeningen had a passion for gardens, making the garden an important part of Museum De Buitenplaats. The gardens were designed by landscape architect J’ørn Copijn and garden architect Charlotte Korthals. The garden is divided into three parts: a garden maze, a sunken pond garden and an Appelhof. The formal part of the garden fits the style of the Nijsinghhuis.


Finally, there’s the Nijsinghhuis, which is the starting point for Museum De Buitenplaats. Over the years, a number of rooms have been painted by Northern figurative painters, including Matthijs Röling, Wout Muller, Olga Wiese, Clary Mastenbroek and Pieter Pander. Admire the Blue Room by Matthijs Röling. Look for the grey elephant, the procession of easterners and the Egyptian vulture. Explore this special house and let it surprise you.

Changing exhibits

Museum De Buitenplaats organizes four exhibitions a year. They focus on contemporary art in which figuration plays a role, works on paper, garden architecture and the mutual influence of art and nature. A good example of the latter theme is The Journey of Plants exhibition, which was inspired by the garden at Museum De Buitenplaats. The garden boasts an array of exotic plants from the Himalayas, China, Japan and Chile, as well as other places. In this exhibition, you can see beautiful drawings of exotic plants and discover the exciting stories about how different plants ended up in different country. In The Journey of Plants, you’ll see work from seven renowned botanical artists: Anita Walsmit Sachs (the Netherlands), Beverly Allen (Australia), Carol Woodin (United States), Helen Allen (United Kingdom), Jee-Yeon Koo (South Korea), Vicki Thomas (South Africa) and Mieko Ishikawa (Japan).

Clocks and carillons

This beautiful collection was formed in 1969, by the campanologist Dr. André Lehr. He was co-founder of the National Carillon Museum and the first curator of the museum. The museum also purchased a large collection of clocks (sarna collection) from the US, partly because of his advice. In addition, they also have many clock collections on loan from larger museums. The museum can therefore exhibit a beautiful and diverse collection. The core of the collection consists of carillons and bells from the former Low Countries. In addition, there are also clocks from other cultures. For example, discover Arabic water clocks and clocks from Asia and learn the different techniques of measuring time.

Currently, you can also view a temporary exhibition at Museum Klok & Peel. In this exhibition you learn more about the story of the robbery of 6,700 swinging bells from the Dutch church towers in the 1940s. The German occupiers used the bronze bells to extract raw materials for the arms industry.


The Peel

In addition to the beautiful bells and carillons, there also is a wonderful collection of natural and cultural-historical objects that tell the story of The Peel. This collection originated from Asten in 1973, where a nature study center was founded by Jan Vriends. This center developed into what is now Natural History Museum The Peel. The collection was expanded with collected objects from museum staff and by donations. When you visit the current museum, you take a journey back in time. The story begins 10 million years ago, when The Peel area was still under water. Many fossils that prove this can be found in the museum. The finds exhibited here tell the story, and you end up in the Pliocene (an era 2 million years ago), when The Peel area had a Mediterranean climate. Find out what kind of animals were around at that time. The collection takes you further towards the present day, one step at a time. You’ll learn how The Peel area has developed into what it is today.

The history of the Biesbosch

In the museum, you can dive into the history of the Biesbosch. Humans have played a major role in the Biesbosch’s development over time. Here you’ll discover how people handled the water, created polders, and used nature for their own ends. Explore how people have always lived and worked differently in the Biesbosch, and what nature and water gave to them. While locals first depended on fisheries, it later changed to agriculture and willow and reed cultivation. Today, the Biesbosch serves as a water collection and recreation area.

Biesbosch MuseumEiland

On the Biesbosch MuseumEiland, you’ll find a scale model of the Biesbosch, complete with polders, dykes and streams. Here you’ll learn all about how different water levels influence nature, and how you can use sluices and valves to change those levels. You can also go for a beautiful walk or a cruise on which you can enjoy the Biesbosch itself and experience the effect of the tides.

Klok & Peel

The Museum Klok & Peel is located in the village of Asten in Brabant and is a combination of two collections. In the collection of clocks, you’ll find historical church clocks. The collection of clocks and bells is big and is still being supplemented with new pieces. In addition to this, the museum also has the largest library and largest documentation regarding clocks in the world. A clock from the Notre Dame is central to their permanent exhibition, because this clock was made in Asten!

In the section on the Peel, the natural and cultural history of the Peel and its surroundings is highlighted. The history of this area is depicted in various scenes: from 10 million years ago until now. From fossils to peat cutters, from primitive cattle to golden helmets; you will learn everything about the history of the Peel.

Museum Klok & Peel gives a unique insight into the natural history of Brabant and the clock industry.

Brief history of Biesbosch MuseumEiland

The museum opened its doors to visitors in 1994. Back then, the Biesbosch MuseumEiland consisted of nine hexagonal pavilions. In 2001, two more were built. Plans were drawn up for extending the museum, because the area was being de-polderized. This led to a 1,000 m2expansion of the museum building.

Gorgeous architecture

In January 2016, the building was nominated for ArchDaily’s 2016 Building of the Year award, one of the most well-known architectural websites in the world. In April 2016, the building won three Architizer Awards. It was awarded the jury prize in the museum category, the architecture and landscape category. In the latter, it also won the audience award. The building also won the 2016 Tdea-Tops Award in the Green Architecture category.

The MuseumEiland

It’s not just the building that’s beautiful, the MuseumEiland is very unique as well. Here, you can experience the special characteristics of the Biesbosch on a different scale. The creek, for instance, has been designed so you can clearly see the differences in water level. Children can play with the sluices,, so they can experience how ebb and flow can influence the area. A visit to the Biesbosch MuseumEiland in Werkendam is a great experience for everyone!

William and Anna

Museum Singer Laren has a surprising and diverse collection of international visual art from the period 1880 to 1950. This ‘classic modern’ collection has given the museum the freedom to set up a wide exhibition policy. This collection was set up by the American couple Anna and William Singer, who received many friends in their villa in Laren. There were often artists among these friends. Anna and William themselves were also creatively talented. Anna played the piano and William painted. Together, they have collected an impressive art collection. Anna had the museum built after the death of her husband William.

Collection of Museum Singer Laren

The heart of the ‘Singer collection’ is the collection of the Singer couple. Over the course of the last century, they acquired works by French painters from the Barbizon School, friendly American artists and traditionally impressionist Gooise artists.

The collection of Museum Singer Laren focuses on works of art from modernism, such as neo-impressionism or pointillism, expressionism, cubism and geometric abstraction. Important artists who belong to these movements have worked in Laren and surroundings. The collection now includes works by, among others, Bart van der Leck, Jan Sluijters, Leo Gestel, Chris Beekman, Jan Toorop and Herman Kruyder.

Sculpture garden

The museum also has a sculpture garden that is decorated with sculptures by modern Dutch artists. These works of art investigate the relationship between culture and nature. Every work of art deals with nature in its own way. The theater and the museum always have new performances or exhibitions as well.




Garden Paintings

If you are a true fan of nature, Singer Laren is the perfect place to be this summer. There are two exhibitions, fully equipped with the theme ‘the garden’, to visit.

In the exhibition Garden Paintings you can see exactly that: painted gardens. From the end of the 19th century until the beginning of the Second World War, many artists were interested in portraying gardens. A large number of these paintings can now be seen in this exhibition in Singer Laren. The different artists had different reasons for painting a garden. Some liked to paint people in the garden. Robert Graafland did this in many of his paintings, for example. In addition, some gardens are simply beautiful and the artists enjoyed capturing it on the canvas. The explosions of color that artists such as Claude Monet, Evert Pieters and Emil Nolde deliver, do not suspect much else. Many artists also found it fun to paint their own garden, just like how many people take pictures of their garden in the present day.

Sculpture garden and Piet Oudolf

Singer Laren not only opens within an exhibition. Outside, visitors can walk around for free through the newly landscaped sculpture garden, part of Piet Oudolf Singer Prize 2018. The garden was designed by internationally renowned garden architect Piet Oudolf. He previously designed the Gardens of Remembrance to commemorate the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. Even now, he pulls out al the stops. The design is simplistic in terms of lines, but more than a hundred varieties of flowers are used. The choice of flowers ensures that the garden changes by season and you may need to visit a few times to get a complete picture of the sculpture garden.

A lobby has been set up inside Singer Laren in which Piet Oudolf explains the choices he has made for the garden. In addition to the designs of the Singer Laren garden, an overview of his other work can also be seen.

The exhibition Painted gardens can still be visited until the end of August. The sculpture garden will be open for a longer period of time and can be visited free of charge.




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Op 1 juli 2017 kwamen de Bataviawerf, een deel van Nieuw Land Erfgoedcentrum en het Maritiem Depot van de Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed samen om zo het nieuwe Batavialand te vormen. Hierdoor kunnen zij samen het verhaal over de Nederlandse geschiedenis van het leven als scheepsvaarder beter dan ooit vertellen.

De geschiedenis van Batavialand

Het begint allemaal in 1985, wanneer scheepsbouwmeester Willem Vos aan wal stapt in Lelystad. Zijn doel was namelijk het spiegelretourschip de Batavia te herbouwen. Een klus die als onmogelijk werd beschouwd. Maar het lukte de scheepsbouwmeester. In 1995 werd het schip ter water gezet en gedoopt door HM Koningin Beatrix. Langzaamaan ontwikkelde het schip zich als een toeristenattractie, waar mensen in grote aantallen op af komen.

Wat valt er te beleven?

In Batavialand reis je door een geschiedenis die zo’n 7000 jaar geleden begint. Je leert onder andere over de geschiedenis over het ontstaan, het verdwijnen en de terugkomst van het stukje land wat wij nu kennen als Flevoland. Bekijk hoe Nederlanders de kunst van scheepvaart door de eeuwen heen eigen maakten, waarmee zij niet alleen over de Nederlandse wateren voeren, maar ook de grote wereldzeeën. Kom aan boord van de Batavia en leer hier over het leven op zee, de gevaren van het water, de VOC en wat er aan boord werd gegeten.

Laat je meevoeren naar de 17e eeuw in de Noordoostpolderschuur. Hier worden verhalen verteld over de schepen die ooit over de Zuiderzee voeren. Of leer zelf dijken bouwen en sluizen te bedienen. Op een spelende manier leer je hoe een polder functioneert. Niet alleen op land en water is veel te beleven, ook ondergronds valt er veel te doen. Verander jezelf in een echte archeoloog en doe opgravingen met een metaaldetector.

In de werf is het museum sinds oktober 2016 druk bezig met het bouwen van een replica van een waterschip. Deze waren erg populair om mee te varen over de Zuiderzee. Batavialand heeft als doel om het schip in 2021 af te hebben en er vervolgens ook mee te gaan zeilen.

Kijk voor meer informatie ook op de website.

From 14 October 2017 till 13 May 2018 the Kröller-Müller Museum will be home to the exhibition: The Patron and the ‘House Painter’. For the first time the story of the relationship between Helene Kröller-Müller and Bart van der Leck will be told.

Helene Kröller-Müller’s favourite artist

Bart van der Leck was one of Helene’s favourite artists. Because she had a long-term agreement with Van der Leck, to be the first one to be able to purchase his work, she had gathered an impressive collection. The exhibition will present 42 paintings and about 400 drawings of Van der Leck’s.

Helene Kröller-Müller also said that she thought he was ‘an even more versatile and more powerful artist than Mondriaan’.

On the 22th of February 1914, Bart van der Leck goes to the family business Wm. H. Müller & Co in the Hague on invititation by Helene. He was given an important mission. He travelled to the company’s mines in Spain and Algeria, to gain inspiration for a sizeable stained-glass window. This trip was the beginning of a long collaboration. Helene becomes his patron, giving out commissions, and even hires him for a few years. Besides the stained-glass window, he also made posters for the ‘Batavierlijn’, mosaics for offices in London, and designs for interiors.

The collection

She started collecting his work and followed his development. Van der Leck acknowledged the support, but also loved his independence. After meeting Piet Mondriaan, he changed his style significantly. This puts strain on the relationship between him and Helene. She tried to understand his shift, but it was a challenge for her to understand his new ‘line art’.

A recent study also showed new insight in their correspondence, which puts their inspiring but also thrilling relationship in another light. For example, Bart van der Leck send Helene ‘’the commissions remain a joy..’. Helene said: ‘These days The Cat is hanging in my bathroom’. Van der Leck also said: ‘I have no interest at all in going on being some kind of house painter’.

Purchase your ticket, and take your chance to look at this beautiful exhibition at The Kröller-Müller Museum at De Hoge Veluwe National Park.

The Van Gogh collection

The collection consists around 90 paintings and over 180 drawings. In the special Van Gogh Gallery you can see about 40 works of Van Gogh, in changing setups. You can not only view Van Gogh in the Kröller-Müller Museum, you can also see amazing pieces by modern masters like Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, and Piet Mondriaan. The museum is located in the middle of the National Park De Hoge Veluwe, and gives a unique combination of art, nature, and architecture. The museum also has a beautiful sculpture garden. This is one of Europe’s largest sculpture gardens. You can find around 160 sculptures of iconic artists, from Aristide Maillol to Jean Dubuffet, from Marta Pan to Pierre Huyghe.


The Kröller-Müller Museum is the lifework of Helene Kröller-Müller (1869 – 1939). Between 1907 and 1922 she and her husband Anton Kröller bought almost 11.500 artworks. This makes her collection one of the largest private collections of the 20th century. Helene dreamt of her own ‘museumhouse’. In this house, she would be able to share her love for modern art with everybody. Her dream became reality when the Kröller-Müller Museum opens his doors in 1938. The design for the building comes from the Belgian architect Henry van de Velde. Another wing was added to the building in the 1970s, this was designed by the Dutch architect Wim Quist.


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