The Marie Tak van Poortvliet Museum got its name from Marie Tak van Poortvliet (1871-1936), an art collector and agriculture pioneering woman, who had a villa constructed at Domburg and spend many Summers there in the company of painter Jacoba van Heemskerck (1876-1923).
Many other Dutch painters came to the area, known for its summer climate and special views.
The first exhibition "building" was near the Badpaviljoen, but was destroyed in a 1921 storm.
In 1994 the museum opened at its present location.
There are 2 special exhibitions each year.
In the museum courtyard garden coffe and tea can be ordered.
Admission fee: € 3,50 (Adult).
Opening hours Summmer season:
Tu-Su: 1PM - 5PM
This is a cycle/pedestrian path on top of the dune that separates Domburg from the beach.
The path itself was made in 1899 leading from de Hoge Hil up to the Badpaviljoen. It was renamed Boulevard Van Schagen in 1987, after the Domburg poet and graphic designer J.C. Van Schagen (1891-1985) who would regularly sit here.
One of his poems is translated:
I'm a business man.
I have a really big writing table.
And my face looks a bit out of sorts.
I talk on a telephone
And I have a boss,
Who can really put the secretaries to work
And still other bosses.
The secretaries really smell good.
They all smell different.
The bosses wear expensive suits.
It makes me blush.
They look like Englishmen.
And I have no idea why they do what I ask.
There was a lot of business today.
It was all about thoughts of other people.
Lots of fat ones, that pushed and weren't /
I have no idea why they were so headstrong.
There were thin ones with fake heels,
And there was a lot of stuff all kind of tied up.
It was just like my grandfather's cabinet with
all the old rust and ropes
I was a stranger.
And then I just went for a walk in the woods.
It was a lousy day, the street was wet.
The black trees were so hungry
That it pulled their little skinny fingers all twisted.
The wind told sad stories.
The November light was drab and harsh behind the/
But my heart pulsed with revolt
And I said: dear Lord, I want to be a stone /
in the street.
Ik doe zaken.
Ik heb een heel grote schrijftafel
En mijn gezicht staat moeilijk.
Ik praat in een telefoon
En ik heb een mijnheer,
Die juffrouwtjes kan laten werken
En nog meer mijnheeren.
De juffrouwtjes ruiken zoo lekker,
Ze ruiken allemaal verschillend.
De mijnheeren zijn in groote jassen.
Ik bloos er wel van.
Het lijken wel Engelschen,
En ik begrijp niet, waarom ze doen wat ik vraag.
Er was veel zaken vandaag.
Het waren allemaal gedachten van menschen,
Er waren veel dikke, die duwden en waren /
Ik begreep niet, waarom ze zoo koppig waren.
Er waren magere, met valsche haakjes,
En er zat veel in de knoop.
Het was precies het kistje met oudroest en touwtjes
van mijn grootvader.
Ik was een vreemdeling.
Toen ben ik maar gaan wandelen in de boschjes.
Het was een arme dag, de straat was nat.
De zwarte boompjes hadden honger,
Die trok hun magere vingertjes krom.
De wind zei verdrietige verhaaltjes.
Het Novemberlicht was saai en schraal achter /
Maar in mijn hart bonsde de opstand
En ik zei: lieve God, ik wil een /
J.C. van Schagen (1891-1985)
uit: Narrenwijsheid (1925)
The tower of the village church (Protestant) is from around 1250 AD. The oldest parts of the church are from around 1300 AD. The church was extended several times during the centuries, which you can see by the different masonry. The original church will have been about a quarter of the current church!
A disaster happened on October 10 1848 when a large part of the church and inventory was destroyed by fire.
It was rebuilt and used again a year later.
For information about the organs in this church see here
The current exhibition is of ’50 jaar Zeeuwse Kunstkring 1958-2008’ (50 years Zeelandian Art Association).
Domburg was quite a mondaine seaside resort, one of the first on the North Sea coast. The famous Piet Mondriaan and Jan Toorop with his English wife Annie Hall stayed here often, as well as their daughter Charley Toorop, also a famous painter. Jan Toorop is generally regarded as the founder of the Domburg School. The village was famous for its light.
Some more information about the artists in Domburg can be found here.
Domburg is part of the municipality of Veere. Therefore, the town hall is not in use as such. Built in the 17th century, it still has many of its original features.