Kröller-Müller Museum

Kröller-Müller Museum

Entrance of the museum in 2008
Location in Gelderland in the Netherlands
Established 13 July 1938 (1938-07-13)[1]
Location Houtkampweg 6[2]
Otterlo, Netherlands
Coordinates 52°05′44″N 5°49′01″E / 52.09556°N 5.81694°E / 52.09556; 5.81694Coordinates: 52°05′44″N 5°49′01″E / 52.09556°N 5.81694°E / 52.09556; 5.81694
Type Art museum
National museum
Visitors 380,000 (2015 est.)[3]
Director Lisette Pelsers[4]

The Kröller-Müller Museum (Dutch pronunciation: [krɵlərˈmylər myˌzeːjɵm]) is a national art museum and sculpture garden, located in the Hoge Veluwe National Park in Otterlo in the Netherlands. The museum was founded by art collector Helene Kröller-Müller and opened in 1938. It has the second-largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh, after the Van Gogh Museum. The museum had 380,000 visitors in 2015.


 A charming and iconic period photo of a young couple around 1900. The lady has her hair swept upwards and is wearing a high collar fastened with a jewel. The gentleman sports a gallant moustache neatly trimmed and is also wearing a high collar.
Helene Müller and Anton Kröller, ca. 1888

The Kröller-Müller Museum was founded by Helene Kröller-Müller, an avid art collector who was one of the first to recognize Vincent van Gogh's genius and collect his works. In 1935, she donated her whole collection to the state of the Netherlands. In 1938, the museum, which was designed by Henry van de Velde, opened to the public. The sculpture garden was added in 1961 and the new exhibition wing, designed by Wim Quist, opened in 1977.[1]


Jardin d'émail by Jean Dubuffet in the Kröller-Müller sculpture garden

The museum has a considerable collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh, such as Cafe Terrace at Night, Sorrowing Old Man ('At Eternity's Gate') and a version of The Potato Eaters, making it the second-largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world (after the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam). Apart from the Van Gogh paintings other highlights include works by Piet Mondrian, Georges-Pierre Seurat, Odilon Redon, Georges Braque, Paul Gauguin, Lucas Cranach, James Ensor, Juan Gris, and Pablo Picasso.

Sculpture garden

The Kröller-Müller Museum is also famous for its large sculpture garden, within the forest park, of more than 75 acres (300,000 m2) and one of the largest in Europe, with a fine collection of modern and contemporary sculptures. The garden reflects Helene Kröller-Müller's conception of a symbiosis between art, architecture and nature.[5] The collection includes works by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Jean Dubuffet, Mark di Suvero, Lucio Fontana, Claes Oldenburg, Fritz Wotruba, Joep van Lieshout and many more.

Selected collection highlights


year visitors
2012 307,000[8]
2013 330,000[9]
2014 392,000[3]
2015 380,000[3]

Lisette Pelsers has been museum director of the Kröller-Müller Museum since 2012.[4][10]

The museum had 307,000 visitors in 2012,[8] 330,000 visitors in 2013,[9] 392,000 in 2014,[3] and 380,000 in 2015.[3]

The museum was the 12th most visited museum nationally in 2013.[11]


  1. 1 2 Johannes van der Wolk, "Helene Emma Laura Juliane Kröller-Müller" (in Dutch), Biografisch Woordenboek Gelderland, 1998. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  2. Address/directions, Kröller-Müller Museum. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 "380.000 bezoekers voor Kröller-Müller in 2015" (in Dutch), De Stentor, 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  4. 1 2 Structure, Kröller-Müller Museum. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  5. Beukhof, H., Essen, F. van, Pelzers, E., Sevink, J. (2005) Nature and Art, The Hoge Veluwe, Waanders Uitgeverij, Zwolle.
  6. The potato eaters, Kröller-Müller Museum. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  7. Terrace of a café at night (Place du Forum), Kröller-Müller Museum. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  8. 1 2 Top 55 Museumbezoek 2012 (in Dutch), Nederlandse Museumvereniging, 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  9. 1 2 Daan van Lent & Pieter van Os, "Musea doen het goed: aantal bezoekers in 2013 fors gestegen" (in Dutch), NRC Handelsblad, 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  10. Birgit Donker, "Lisette Pelsers nieuwe directeur Kröller-Müller Museum" (in Dutch), NRC Handelsblad, 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  11. Daan van Lent & Pieter van Os, "Musea doen het goed: aantal bezoekers in 2013 fors gestegen" (in Dutch), NRC Handelsblad, 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2014.

Further reading

Dutch Rijksmonument 523562
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