Van Abbemuseum


This superb modern-art gallery uses elements of its rich collection (including originals by Picasso, Braque, Kandinsky and Léger) along with plenty of contemporary material to ask probing questions about the nature of art, its changing role and the space that contains it. The building itself is a dramatic architectural statement, the original castle-style 1936 gallery conjoined with a multilevel 2003 grey-stone addition that incorporates a weir of the Dommel river. The waterside cafe is worth a linger too.

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Nearby Eindhoven attractions

1. Philips Museum

0.44 MILES

From Keith Richards' tape-recorder to a wide-screen projector that once won an Oscar, this engaging museum tells the extraordinary story of the light-bulb…

2. Evoluon

2.52 MILES

Like the Atomium to Brussels, the Evoluon is an icon of retro-futurist architecture. Built in 1966 as a science centre it is now rented out as a…

3. Kamp Vught National Monument

18.64 MILES

Around 6km southwest of Den Bosch, Kamp Vught was a WWII labour and transit camp operated by the Nazi SS. Some 31,000 captives passed through, including…

4. Jheronimus Bosch Art Center

18.98 MILES

Housed in the grand, century-old St Jacob's Church, this remarkable museum has reproductions of all 29 known Bosch paintings, brought to life by an…

5. Design Museum Den Bosch


Opened in 2014 and rebranded in 2018, the museum's two large halls offer changing, interactive exhibitions focusing especially on ceramics and jewellery…

6. Noordbrabants Museum

19.01 MILES

Housed in the 18th-century former governor's residence, this modern museum uses art and several immersive experiences to give interesting if sometimes…

7. St Janskathedraal

19.05 MILES

One of the finest churches in the Netherlands, this cathedral took from 1336 to 1550 to complete. The interior has late-Gothic stained-glass windows, an…

8. Stadhuis

19.17 MILES

At the southern edge of Den Bosch's vast, triangular market square, the spired town hall was given its classical baroque appearance in 1670.