After we finished our coffee we went outside, to the sculpture garden. Although the weather was bad the entire day we were lucky that it wasn’t raining at the moment we went outside. The idea of a sculpture garden was launched by the director of the museum in 1961. Maybe not too bad an idea, because of the museum’s exceptional setting in the middle of a National Park.
The folder explained to us that:” Grassy lawns were furnished like museum rooms, and relationships were carefully sought between the sculptures themselves and between the sculptures and their natural surroundings.” To be honest it is a joy to walk around. Works of art are spread across the entire terrain, some of the clearly visible and others secluded in a more remote or hidden area. There are some beautiful rhododendrons to enjoy. I personally liked the Rietveld Pavillion very much, but also spent some considerable time at the amazing Jean Dubuffet “Jardin d’émall”. Finally we ended up at the museum shop and saw some reproductions of the most famous works of the collection that we could buy. Our conclusion: Kröller-Müller Museum is a must visit!
After we bought our tickets we went inside the Kröller-Müller Museum. Right at the first steps we already saw some art, no space was left unused to exhibit specific artifacts. It was not extremely busy and later on we heard that the museum receives approximately 300,000 visitors every year and it is especially busy during the high season, not the season we visited it :) .
The Kröller-Müller Museum is a museum for the visual arts in the midst of peace, space and nature. It was quite obvious that the founder Helene Kröller dreamt of a so called ‘museum home’ as we were offered the opportunity to come eye-to-eye with works of art and to concentrate on the non-material side of existence, we simply loved it. We walked our way along permanent collections of paintings and sculptures for example the beautiful paintings of Vincent van Gogh. We also visited some exhibitions spaces with temporary displays of art. After we had a good 2 walk we ended up for a good cup of coffee at the museum restaurant. This is located next to the museum shop.
The Kröller-Müller Museum is an art museum and sculpture garden, located in the Hoge Veluwe National Park in Otterlo in the Netherlands. It is not like I am such an art lover, but so every now and then I can enjoy art very much. Together with the fact that this beautiful museum is located in the middle of the amazing Hoge Veluwe National Park made it an easy decision to visit it this particular day. Because of an anniversary of the parents of Paulien we drove our way to the Kröller-Müller Museum and had a great time enjoying art and each other’s company.
The museum has a considerable collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh. The museum was founded by Helene Kröller-Müller, an avid art collector who was one of the first to recognize Van Gogh's genius and collect his works. In 1935, she donated her whole collection to the state of the Netherlands. In 1938, the museum, which was designed by Henry van de Velde, opened to the public. The sculpture garden was added in 1961 and the new exhibition wing, designed by Wim Quist, opened in 1977.
When you arrive at the park, you will be greeted by 400 odd white bikes at the 3 entrances to the park. You can either bring your own bicycle, borrow a white bike or hire a blue bike. Cycling around the national park makes sense, since cycling is very much part of the Dutch way of life and it is, of course, an environmentally means of transport.
There are altogether about 1700 bikes in the park. They can be found at the entrances, the visitor's centre (Marchantplein, at the heart of the park) and the Kröller-Müller Museum. This enables you to be able to ride from one point to another at any time. After the ride you can return the bicycle at one of these locations. The white bikes can be used free of charge within the park. However, they only come in one standard size. I rode a white bike to the museum and back and it was a bit unfortable, since the bike was too small for me. However, you can hire blue bikes, which are available in both adult and child sizes as well as tandems. Unlike the white bicycles, these hired bicycles can be locked. They are issued at the bicycle workshop in the centre of the park.
You can book the blue bicycles through the Visitors Centre (Tel 0900-4643835 / €0.20 per minute or if you call from abroad: + 31 55-3788116). At the end of the day, return the bicycles to the centre of the park or one of the 3 entrances. The cost is €3.50 per bike and €10 per tandem a day.
There a cycle pumps at various places along the cycle paths, and in the centre bicycle repairers offer expert cycle repairs. In the event of a fault on your own bicycle, they can carry out most common repairs. Available in the centre every day 8am-5pm.
There are more than 42km of scenic cycling paths in case you would like to make a day out of it and see more of the park.
The distance to the museum from the entrance at Otterlo is 2,5 km (approximately 15 min by bike).
De Hoge Veluwe National Park is one of the oldest and largest national parks in the Netherlands. It consists of 6000 hectares of woodland, heathland, lakes and drift sand. Together with the Kröller-Muller Museum and the sculpture garden it offers a unique combination of nature, art and architecture. The Kröller-Muller Museum is home to the second largest Vincent van Gogh collection in the world.
You can enjoy the tranquility of the park by walking or cycling undisturbed for hours. You can either bring your own bike, use one of the free white bicycles found at the entrance or hire a blue bike. In addition to peace and tranquility, there is also a lot to do in the park: a wide range of sporting, cultural and educational activities are regularly organised for all age groups.
Marchantplein (at the heart of the park) is home to the Visitors Centre, where you can find all sorts of information about walks, cycle routes, and the natural and cultural features in the park. It also houses temporary exhibitions and films. Under the Visitors Centre lies an underground museum 'Museonder'. This museum shows what lives and has lived under the ground in a playful, interactive way. Alongside Museonder is the park shop where you can buy nature films, maps of the park and souvenirs.
The St. Hubertus Hunting Lodge provides a free guided tour of this magnificent building. The Hunting Lodge is the former home of the Kroller-Muller family, designed by H.P. Berlage. Tickets can be obtained from the Visitors Centre.
If you would like to stay in the area, you can camp on the Park's natural campsite. Please note that in order to protect the parks wildlife, the activities are concentrated in the central area of the park. The park is home to many endangered plant and animal species. It is also possible to come face to face with a red deer, moufflon or roe deer.
There are 3 entrances to the park at the Hoenderloo, Otterlo or Schaarsbergen.
The spacious galleries of the Kröller-Müller Museum houses a considerable collection of paintings and drawings by Vincent van Gogh. There are all together 93 paintings and 183 pencil sketches and early pieces. One of the paintings include the famous "Cafe Terrace at Night". The collection is the second largest of van Gogh paintings in the world after the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
In addition to van Gogh, other highlights include works by Seurat, Monet, Gauguin, Picasso, Gris, Courbet, Corot, Millet, Mondrian, van der Leck and Redon. There is also some changing temporary exhibitions. The museum is also famous for its large Sculpture Garden, which includes works by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and Joep van Lieshout. A stroll through the Sculpture Garden is not to be missed. Surprising works of art can be found, some of them hidden in the woods.
Helene Kröller-Muller saw van Gogh as “one of the great souls of modern art, on whom the times had no grasp.” In 1912, only 22 years after his death, she was able to add 35 of his paintings to her collection. Considering that van Gogh’s entire career as an artist lasted no more than a decade, and that prior to his suicide in 1890, he had sold only one of his 800 paintings, her instincts as a collector were excellent.
The museum is located in National Park the Hoge Veluwe. There are three entrances to the park; at Otterloo, Hoenderloo and at Schaarsbergen. Trucks and coaches can not enter the Park through the entrance at Schaarsbergen.
You can buy a combined ticket for the Park and the Kröller-Müller Museum at the Park ticket office.
Adults: Park €7.00 and Museum €7.00
Children 6-12 years: Park €3.50 and Museum €3.50
Children up to 6 years: free
Parking fee car: €6.00. Parking is possible at the museum, but also near the porter's lodge of the park where you can continue by bicycle.
Open all year round 10.00-17.00 (except on Mondays and 1 January)
The sculpture garden closes at 16.30
The Hoge Veluwe National Park has plenty of facilities for disabled visitors. There are two tarmac footpaths, and the Koeverbos hide has disabled access.
Various types of cycle for disabled visitors are available from the bicycle repair centre on the Marchantplein free of charge. There are wheelchair bicycles, three-wheelers for children and adults, a wheelchair bicycle to which 'your' wheelchair is attached, electric bicycles which pedal very easily and are noiseless and a few tandems. The bicycles can also be booked through the Visitors Centre or be collected from the workshop (subject to availability)
You can book bicycles through the Visitors Centre. Tel. 0900-4643835 / €0.20 per min. If you are phoning from abroad: + 31 55-3788116)
Dogs are allowed in the Hoge Veluwe National Park, but must be kept on a leash. Dogs are not allowed in the Kröller-Müller Museum or in the sculpture garden. However, this does not apply to guide dogs.
The former monumental residence of the Kroller-Muller family, desighed by the famous Dutch architect Berlage, is located on the northern edge of the park. The design was inspired by the legend of St. Hubertus, the patron saint of hunting. Although the lodge is not entirely open to the public, guided tours are available by appointment.
The Hoge Veluwe National Park encompasses 5,500 hectares of woodland, moorland, grasslands and sand drifts.
Vistitors cycling or walking on the many routes through the park are likely to come across deer, moufflon or wild boar.
Every season brings fresh surprises.
When walking the "zandverstuivingen" try to look down with a sharp curious eye and discover the incredable adaptions that nature has made to these rough circumstances. Temperatures on an average sunny day can vary 40 degrees Celsius easily. At night temperatires at groundlevel drop under zero (also in winter) and when the sun is high in the sky it blazes the temperature up again to around 30 to 40 degrees Celsius). Still, certain mosses and grasses can withstand this intense climat. But even they will have to surrender when the sands come and burry them.
This highlight in Dutch "other" landscape is really a must for every nature lover. Added with a highlight for every art lover - the "Kröller-Muller" museum, this place is magnificent. Here it is the largest Van Gogh-collection can be admired, among many other great artworks. The statue garden surroudning the building is yet another rather interesting thing. The park can be entered at Otterlo, as well as Hoenderlo and Arnhem.
"Zandverstuivingen", places where the sands blown by the wind rule the landscape, are amazing. The dunes swallow whole trees - slowly, but steadily - and the nature on and surrounding them is of an unbelievable adapted kind. Thereby the sands are THE beloved playground for children, so families with them find here an ideal holiday-spot. Anyway, campings are always inviting families in with some extra attractions and activities.