Kröller-Müller is one of the great museums in Holland that, for some reasons, is often not visited by international students. Maybe because its location is a bit inconvenient to be reached by a public transportation. It’s going to take some walking from the bus stop to the museum, but I say that in sunny day, it’s definitely worth it. I actually found it enjoyable since I got to see the beautiful Dutch countryside houses and their nicely tended yards. Suddenly I was there at the museum entrance!
The museum is located inside the Hoge Veluwe National Park in Otterlo. The National Park and the Museum are two independent organizations, thus you’ll need to pay entrance to both of them. For the museum admission you can certainly use your Museumjaarkaart, but you can’t use it for the park admission.
In order to get to the museum you need to be using the white bikes provided by the Park administration (for free!). There are plenty of bikes (1700 according to the website), so you’ll have a fat chance to find one that’s comfortable for you to ride.
Kröller-Müller has great collections for both their art museum as well as for their huge sculpture garden. Their collection of Van Gogh’s painting is the second largest in the country, after the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Ms. Müller was actually one of the first few people who recognized Van Gogh’s talent and collected his paintings. She then donated her collections to the country, and they’re all here in this museum. Just to name a few, you can find Van Gogh’s famous Potato Eaters, Country Road in Provence by Night, and of course, the Cafe Terrace at Night. There are also lots of works from many other world renowned painters such as Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso.
Out in the sculpture garden, you’ll see how the art and architecture beautifully blend together with the nature. To make sure you won’t miss anything in their forest park, you can download the Ecological Walking Route from the museum’s website first. Here are just some of the highlights, enjoy!