This is the first underground museum in the world.
It is about the fauna and flora of the 'parc the hoge veluwe' and about the archeological history.
- a root of a 135 year old tree
-stones that talk about their history
-a walk to the center of earth
Did you know that there onces where hippopotamusses in the Netherlands? No , surprising isn't it?
This windmill was build in 1852 and restored in his original setting in 1971.
He was used to grind corn adn his name is 'de hoop' witch means the hope.
The mills is 17.5 meters high and owned by the town of Barneveld.
At the moment the mill contains a VVV-office; Witch is a touristical board. Lots of information , folders , events , walking routes .... Defenitely a must if you want to get to know the place better..
The mill can still be used.
Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939) was the founder of the museum.
She started to collect art in 1908 with the wealth of her husband. The collection contains works of the leading artist of the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.
Soon she became keen on the work of Vincent Van Gogh. She admired him as a socially committed and impassioned man.
Alreday in 1911 she made plans for a museum. (designed by Berlage an H Van de Velde). But that was never realised.
In 1932 she donated her collection to the dutch state. The conditions ; they had to build a museum for it on 'de hoge Veluwe'.
The museum also contains some modern art.
I got no idea what this is...but the sign tells :
Fireworks (i forgot the number ...could it be 37?)
And it's made of oil paint
It looks like somebody has mucked with paint...Am I a barbarian now?
I loved it.
Outside the museum there is a collection of sculptures. It also contains some big names. But in the first place it is just fun to see the art and to enjoy this great peace of nature as well.
by M. Pan
This statue is made by 'Rombout Verhulst' who lived from 1624 till 1698.
When mr Kröller bought his house in Wassenaar she was in the garden. Later she moved to 'de Hoge Veluwe'
Flora is the roman godess of the flowers and spring. Did you knew that? And she has got a little monkey.
Henry Moore - Animal Head - 1956
Definitely a big name - Henry Moore , born in 1898 , died in 1986. This is one of his smaller peices , since he has made a lot of gigantic sculptures as well. Up to a few tons of metal.
I liked this one.
(In my openion , art doesn't need a lot of blabla , you like it or you don't. You think its beautifull , it made you think , it made you understand something....whatever)
The national parc ' de hoge Veluwe ' is first of all an impressive piece of nature.
5500 hectare of heath , grassplot , dunes , forest.
It has an impressive amount of wild animals. The government makes great efforts to maintain the wildlife. They build green bridges over the main roads..make tunnels for the smaller creatures , put fences along the road...
we were lucky , we were able to spot deer without a guided tour. We were driving to the hotel after dinner , the road between Uddel and Vierhouten arround 9 o'clock when I suddenly saw one animal. We stopped and soon there where about ten of them. Waaaauw.
The building was designed in 1914 by Berlage. It was inspired by St'hubertus who is the saint of the hunters since mister Kröller was keen on hunting.
It must have been a really modern building at that time. They both spend the last years of their life here. The water arround the house is artificial , they had to make the floor with asphalt to make a lake.
April t/m October every day at 11.30, 12.00, 12.30, 14.00, 14.30, 15.00, 15.30, 16.00 and 16.30.
February, March, November and December every day at 14.00 and 15.00
This might be the most original museum here, but it fits in very well. What would nature be, without a healthy soil to grow on. This museum, created under ground, shows the delicate balance of nature's ground and underground levels. Something that forms literally the basis for a wonderful growth of plants above the soil. The museum shows in many visual ways and with playful examples the lifecircle inside mother earth and is thus also very intresting for children.
In the largest building in the central part of the National Park "Hoge Veluwe" is the museum that houses the large collection of the Kroller-Muller-couple, collected by them throughout their lives. It holds the largest Van Gogh-collection, equalling the one that is to be visited in the Van Gogh-museum in Amsterdam. Besides that there are paintings of Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Mondriaan, Toorop and many other famous painters. Inside the museum also holds a collection of statues and space for temporarily exposition. The museum is very spacious and has strict white wall, so each masterpiece comes out right. An impression can be seen in a travellogue.
Actually part of the Kroller-Muller-museum, outside one finds in between the green trees of the national park's forestry, the statuegarden. Here various work (from metal, concrete, wood, plastics etc.) is shown in many variants going from classical until "awfully" modern as well as from local sculptors as from far Asian or American countries. A walk through the garden and along the statues starts at a small pond next to the inside part of the museum in which a huge white sculpture floats (a duck?). The entrance lane to the building also holds a few examples of sculpting art.
Also in the Hoge Veluwe is an underground museum devoted to the subject of things "below the surface". Called Museonder, they claim it is the world's first underground museum. The exhibitions takes you under and into the ground, until you reach the centre of the Earth.
The "center piece" is the complete root system of a 135 year old tree which actually hangs from the ceiling of the museum.
The Kroller-Mueller museum is named after the original owners of the park and the collection presented in the art museum...It consists of two parts, the indoor museum and the outdoor sculpture garden. You can find works from various artists such as Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Richard Serra, Mario Merz, Jean Dubuffet and Claes Oldenburg.
If you have the time and you are healthy you might want to take the white bikes that Hoge Veluwe offer for free. You can find them just past the entrance gates. You can take one and return it to the original spot or to any place within the park. It is easy riding as almost all the land area of the park is very flat.