The Kröller-Müller was my favorite museum in The Netherlands! It was outstanding, and houses the second largest collection of Van Gogh paintings, after the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. I can only say this for a few museums that I have visited throughout Europe, and “I want to come back again and again”. There was so much to experience in the surrounding areas of the Kröller-Müller Museum, that a one day visit would not be enough.
The Kröller-Müller Museum is housed inside a long Mid Century Modern style building, that I would not mind living in. It is stunning in its simplicity, has floor to ceiling windows, and holds the most beautiful pieces of modern art.
Additionally, the museum’s grounds has one of the largest sculpture gardens in Europe. The sculpture garden opened in 1961, and had created Kröller-Müller’s concept of nature, art, and architecture all working together. On a nice day, a bit of strolling or having a picnic is a great way to experience the museum’s grounds and sculpture gardens.
As mentioned, The Kröller-Müller Museum is home to the second largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world. I was overjoyed with the many Van Gogh’s that I saw. It is a wonderful thought that many of this Dutch painter’s artwork has remained safely in The Netherlands.
There are also many remarkable sculptures inside the museum, as well as several intriguing exhibits. It is a well thought out modern art museum, and I enjoyed every moment of it, inside and outside.
Besides the impressive Van Gogh collection, the Kröller-Müller Museum is also home to an extraordinary collection of other famous paintings and artworks. Some of my favorite artists represented were Renoir, Isaac Israels, Piet Mondriaan, James Ensor, and Leo Gestel.
— Dining —
If you get hungry during your art escapade day, there is a fantastic outdoor café inside a tented canopy. When I visited, it was a very cold day in May that I needed hot food to keep me from freezing over. The baked potatoes were perfectly warm, and the smoked salmon sandwich was quite delicious too.
— How to Get There —
The Kröller-Müller Museum is located within the beautiful Hoge Veluwe National Park in Otterlo. There is also a lovely village prior to the national park with accomodations and restaurants, There is plenty to do in the park including cycling add trekking. You can easily extend your visit into a two or three day trip.
The Kröller-Müller Museum can be quite a journey unless you have a car. Do not let that stop you from visiting the museum or national park. There are buses that you will take from both Arnhem and Appledorn.
I stayed in Arnhem, so I can tell you that the bus leaves from the Central Station. It takes about 30 minutes to get to Oterllo Centrum. Then from there you can take the green bus into the National Park. It is quite simple, but you need to do some leg work.
According the Kröller-Müller Museum Website:
Bus 108 from the railway stations of Apeldoorn and Ede-Wageningen. From Arnhem railway station with bus 105 (direction Barneveld). For both routes, you need to change in Otterlo to bus 106 for the museum.
You can buy a ticket for De Hoge Veluwe National Park from the driver and dismount at the museum stop. Or you can dismount at the entrance to the park, buy a combined ticket there and either walk or cycle to the museum on one of the free white bicycles.
👩🏻💻 To read my list of museums visited → Museums in The Netherlands – Exploring Dutch Art, Culture and History
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For museum information and location, please visit their website – Kröller-Müller Museum
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