Hidden museums in Holland

This time we focus our spotlight on the lesser-known and smaller museums in the Netherlands. The famous tourist attractions are known by many, but these ideas might be interesting to include in your travel plans!

Cromhouthuis | Amsterdam

The Cromhouthuis is a collectors’ house: it tells the story of the Cromhout family and is today home to some extraordinary Amsterdam collections. The rich and illustrious Cromhout family, who lived in the canal houses at Herengracht 366-368 in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, were great art lovers and collectors. Enjoying their costly possessions with family and friends was an important part of their social life. Portraits, furnishings, silver, seashells and other curiosities form an astonishing feast for the eyes in the Cromhouthuis.

Cobra Museum of Modern art | Amstelveen

In 1948 Cobra caused a revolution in the Netherlands; a breakthrough in modern art that reverberates in art to this day. The Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen was  founded in 1995 and ensures that the legacy of the Cobra movement remains in the public eye and keeps the philosophy of the artists alive. The museum is the place where the spirit of Cobra – experimentation and expression in art – is emphasized. The museum houses a large Cobra collection comprised of artworks and documentary material that are continuously expanded and from which diverse presentations are created.

Teylers Museum | Haarlem

Teylers Museum is a museum in the city of Haarlem (20 min. West of Amsterdam). It was founded in 1778 at the Spaarne river as a public place for art and science. The building is in the Top 100 of the National Office for Monument Care from 1990.

On display are physical instruments such as the large electric power machine from the 18th century, fossils (including one from Archeopteryx), paintings, drawings, coins and tokens. The museum also houses a special collection of drawings and prints, including 25 original drawings by Michelangelo, including preliminary studies for the ceiling paintings of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican in Rome. The museum also displays works by Rembrandt, Rafaël, Goltzius and Claude Lorrain.

Museum Voorlinden | Wassenaar

Museum Voorlinden is a Dutch private museum for modern and contemporary art at the Landgoed Voorlinden in Wassenaar in South Holland. The art collection of Joop van Caldenborgh housed therein is known as the Caldic Collection, the largest private art collection in the Netherlands.

The museum building consists of two layers, one of which is above ground of seven meters high. By applying a lot of glass and walls covered with natural stone in the color of dune sand, the building adapts to the environment, which was designed around 1912 by landscape architect Leonard Springer. The museum garden, executed in 2016, is a design by Piet Oudolf.

Museum Bredius | The Hague

When Abraham Bredius died in 1946 at the age of ninety, he bequeathed his vast collection of more than 200 paintings to the municipality of The Hague. At his departure to Monaco in 1924 he had turned his large house at Prinsengracht 6 in The Hague into a museum. Until 1985 his collection of paintings, drawings, antique furniture, silverware, crystal and china had been on view for everyone. When the museum was closed the collection went into depot, but in 1990, on the initiative of a number of The Hague art lovers and with the support of sponsors, Museum Bredius opened its doors again, this time at Lange Vijverberg 14. At present the restoration program is almost finished, so the largest and the best part of the collection of paintings can be shown to the public in all its color and luster with which it adorned the walls of the first owners three and four centuries ago. Bredius’ furniture and applied art were also returned to the museum, so that the domestic atmosphere of the place was retained.

Royal Leerdam | Leerdam

Royal Leerdam Crystal has been making beautiful hand-crafted and glass-blown objects d’art and ornamental pieces since 1878. You can visit and take a guided tour through the crystal factory. Your guide will take you to the old factory for a live demonstration of glass blowing and grinding. In front of the fire of the ovens you can see how crafty glassblowers are producing a beautiful bowl, glass or vase.

Museum Prinsenhof | Delft

The Museum Prinsenhof Delft offers a unique opportunity to explore the history of the Netherlands, Delft and delftware. The museum is housed in a building of great historical importance, the site of some of the most dramatic and consequential events of Dutch history. It was once the court of William of Orange, the Father of the Dutch Nation. In the museum you will also discover the role the citizens of Delft played in the history of the Netherlands and how delftware became the global brand it is today.

National Jenever (Dutch Gin) museum | Schiedam

The Jenever Museum is located in the heart of the burner town of Schiedam, on the beautiful Lange Haven. Since 1996, the museum has been located in the former distillery and distillery of P. Melchers. Discover everything about this Schiedam specialty and get acquainted with the genesis of jenever: from medicinal drink to hip gin. And with the export and the role of the VOC. You can also see how gin exerted influence on the glass industry and the graphics sector. Many special labels and posters have been preserved!

Noordbrabants Museum | Den Bosch

The Noordbrabants Museum collects objects and art objects that are related to the art, history and culture of North Brabant and the Southern Netherlands. The museum collection comprises more than 30,000 objects, such as paintings, prints, drawings, textiles, coins & tokens, glass, silver, crafts, archeology and typical Brabant objects.

The Story of Brabant is made up of six time zones and two pavilions that zoom in on the life and work of the two master painters of Brabant descent: Jheronimus Bosch and Vincent van Gogh.

Bonnefanten museum | Maastricht

The Bonnefanten Museum is a museum for visual arts in Maastricht. The museum is best known for its collections of medieval sculpture, southern Dutch painting and contemporary art. With regard to the latter, the emphasis is on conceptualism, arte povera and American minimalism.

With its rocket-shaped 28-meter-high tower on the Maas, the Bonnefanten Museum is one of the modern landmarks in Maastricht. Despite the post-modern appearance of the tower, the museum looks classic. The facades are finished in red brick, trachite rosso and Irish freestone. The tower is clad in zinc.


We will be delighted to include one of these hidden gems in your travel plans! Contact us at sales@itbholland.com for your inquiries.

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