In the middle of a lush National Park, The Hoge Veluwe, you will find the wonderful Kroller Muller Museum. It showcases the second largest collection of Van Gogh paintings (Potato eaters, Night in Arles, etc.) in the world.
The Kroller-Muller museum consists of almost 90 paintings and over 180 drawings and boasts of the largest sculpture garden in all of Europe.
It displays about 40 works of Vincent van Gogh. Also you will also find wonderful masterpieces by modern masters such as Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and many more!
The Kroller-Muller Museum’s history
The Kröller-Müller Museum was founded by Helene Kröller-Müller, an avid art collector. She was one of the first to recognize and appreciate the beauty and worth of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings.
In 1935, she donated her whole collection to the state of the Netherlands. In 1938, the museum was opened to the public. The sculpture garden was added in 1961 and the new exhibition wing opened in 1977.
All these wonderful Van Gogh paintings are exhibited in the Kroller-Muller Museum, together with a great collection of the impressionists.
In the sculpture park, you can see sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, Rodin, Henry Moore, Maillol, Wenckebach and many others. The sculpure park is wonderful as well.
How to get to the Kroller-Muller Museum with public transport from Amsterdam
If you want to get to the museum by public transport, this is how:
- Purchase train tickets from the yellow ticket machines at the main entrance to Amsterdam Centraal
- Choose Ede Wageningen as your destination and select the date and a return ticket for day trippers. (There are regular direct trains to Ede Wageningen, though you may find journey options which frequently have a change in Utrecht. Even if you choose this option, the transfer is actually on the same platform and painless). This part of the journey takes about an hour.
- Ede Wageningen is a small station. There is only one exit from the platform and look to the signs with the bus/taxi on it. It is on your right side.
- Upon exiting the station, immediately in front of you there is a roundabout for all the buses. There is a big screen to tell you where to catch the 108 bus.
- The bus will drop you off at an isolated stop called Kroller Rotonde. You then catch the 106 bus (which basically serves to pick up people from the 108 bus stop and take them to the Kroller Muller). The bus 106 will probably be waiting for you and if not, you will not be waiting long.
- You need to buy Hoge Veluwe national park tickets . These are bought at the
Hoge Veluwe national park gates (the 106 bus stops there so that you can buy your tickets). You can also buy the museum ticket at the park gates (or buy the museum tickets at the museum)
- On your return to Amsterdam, time yourself to be at the opposite bus stop for the return ( I think at a “quarter to” on the hour). Once dropped off at Kroller Rotunde busstop, it is a short wait for the 108 bus to take you back to Ede Wageningen, and then your train trip back to Amsterdam.
It sounds complicated but it is actually very easy and do-able. Allow for about two hours each way.
And of course, there is the other option of hiring a car for the day!
Pick up a free bike at the National Park entrance and bike ride to the Museum
Another fun option is to pick up the free bicycles at the entrance of the Hoge Veluwe national park. This allows you to bike ride to the Kroller-Muller museum and then to bike ride around the beautiful national park. I highly recommend, especially if it is a beautiful day.
Leave Yourself Plenty of Time
The museum is quite large so you need plenty of time. I suggest that if you want to enjoy the Kroller Muller Museum and the Hoge Veluwe national park, leave Amsterdam early.
Tip: Order the tickets on line before you go. Those with etickets can enter immediately through the park gate to the museum. If it is busy, you can find yourselves waiting too long for buying tickets.
The food at the museum restaurant is mediocre and overpriced (typical of most museums) so it is worth bringing a yummy picnic lunch.
Another option is to buy an organized tour to the Kroller-Muller museum from Amsterdam. Press here for details.
For more information about the Kroller-Muller Museum, press here to see their website.