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Discover Benelux |  Special Theme |  A day at the Museum

OPPOSITE MAIN IMAGE: Dordtse masters at the Dordrechts Museum. Photo Huib Kooyker. OPPOSITE LEFT: Museum Hilversum. OPPOSITE RIGHT: Guitar by Pablo  Picasso, 1919, from the Kröller-Müller Museum collection. ABOVE TOP: Van Abbemuseum, Young art. Photo: Peter Cox. ABOVE BOTTOM: Exterior of the Dordrechts  Museum. Photo Huib Kooyker. ABOVE RIGHT: Flowers in a blue vase by Vincent van Gogh, 1887, from the Kröller-Müller Museum collection.

With  this  year’s  special  focus  on  Vincent van  Gogh,  as  it  is  125  years  since  his death,  lesser  known  museums  such  as the Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch or  the  Kröller-Müller  Museum  in  Otterlo (see  page  40)  are  certainly  worth  a  visit. With their impressive Van Gogh collections, they will allow you to explore the work of the Dutch master away from the crowds of the capital.

Tucked away in the picturesque village of Giethoorn  is  the  gemstone  museum  De Oude  Aarde  (see  page  45).  With  the  village’s  idyllic  canals  instead  of  streets,  a visit to the museum will definitely be worth the  trip.  Another  little  gem  is  Het  Huizer Museum (see page 43) that shows the history  of  the  beautiful  fishermen’s  town Huizen at just a 30 minute drive from Amsterdam.

For contemporary and modern art, the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (see page 46) and Witte de With in Rotterdam (see page 43) offer a refreshing view with their internationally  minded  collections  combining established  and  upcoming  artists.  For  a more  traditional  approach,  visit  the  Dordrechts  Museum  (see  page  44)  with  art dating  back  400  years.  Established  in 1842, it is actually one of the oldest museums in the country.

The  Netherlands  also  counts  many  specialist museums. A wonderful example is Corpus,  the  museum  in  the  shape  of  a person  which  explains  the  intricacies  of the  human  body.  Then  Museum  de Speelklok  in  Utrecht  is  completely  dedicated to ‘self-playing instruments’ making a visit a musical festivity. In the Dutch media hub of Hilversum you will find the Museum Hilversum (see page 46), that covers wide-ranging topics related to media and

design, including news and travel photography and video art. If  that  is  not  enough,  then  the  Kunsthal exposition centre in Rotterdam (see page 47) has a selection of temporary arts and culture exhibitions ranging from the world of James Bond to the Dutch Royal family and international artists. Moreover, it is located  at  a  stone’s  throw  away  from  the Natural History Museum and the visuals art museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. With  all  these  magnificent  museums around the country, there is almost no reason not to leave the capital. If you do not have  a  chance  to  get  out  of  Amsterdam however,  the  Belasting  and  Douane  Museum (see page 42) is a brilliant interactive and revealing museum about the history of tax and border control.

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