Visiting Museums and Monuments in the Southeast Netherlands

Art, archaeology, history, nature - find out how to make the most of monuments, museums and sights in Limburg and North Brabant using a Dutch museum card...

Southeast Netherlands has many cultural attractions that show the area's rich history, as well as plenty of contemporary displays.

Museum Cards

The most economical way to visit the museums is to buy an annual museum card (Museumjaarkaart) which, for a single payment, allows entry to over 400 museums in the country. The price of the card is reduced for under-25s. Local Tourist Information Points and participating museums have information and prices.

  • For further information on the museum card - or to buy online - see the Museumkaart website: Click here (in Dutch)
  • Museumkaart 
    Tel
    : 0900 404 0910 
    email

Museums in Southeast Netherlands

Asten

Nationaal Beiaarden Natuurmuseum in Asten, includes an exhibition of old bells from the 11th century, and carillon bells cast by the brothers François and Pieter Hemony, in the 17th century.

Eindhoven

The Museum Kempenland illustrates the history and culture of the Kempenland. Visitors can discover 19th century farming life and the cottage textile industry in the region.

  • Museum Kempenland (in Dutch)
    At
    : St. Antoniusstraat 7, 5616 RT Eindhoven
    Tel: 040 252 9093
    Fax: 040 252 2344

The Van Abbemuseum houses a collection that was given to the city of Eindhoven by the cigar manufacturer Henri van Abbe in 1936. The collection now consists mainly of works by modern painters, in particular Marc Chagall, Picasso and from the De Stijl and Cobra movements.

  • Van Abbemuseum
    At: Bilderdijklaan 10, 5611 NH Eindhoven
    Tel: 040 238 1000
    Fax: 040 246 0680
    email

Helmond

Jan Visser Agricultural Museum contains a collection of old agricultural implements, as well as an audio-visual show illustrating the life and work of the peasant farmers of the regions.

The Kasteel Helmond was built in the 15th century and has housed the Town Hall and Gemeentemuseum (Municipal Museum) since its restoration in 1923. The museum's collection includes modern art and a selection of historical artefacts.

Tilburg

The De Pont Museum exhibits contemporary art work from young and older artists, including permanent displays. Two larger and several smaller exhibitions are organised annually.

  • De Pont Museum
    At
    : Wilhelminapark 1, 5041 EA Tilburg
    Tel: 013 543 8300

The Nederlands Textielmuseum has a collection of fabrics from all over the world, as well as looms, spinning wheels and various precious weaves. Housed in a former textile mill, the museum explains the history and the production of textiles in the Netherlands.

Maastricht

The Bonnefanten Museum, in Bonnefantenstraat, now houses the University Library and Natural History Museum. The collection includes paintings and sculptures from the 14th century onwards, as well as modern art by international artists. Highlights of the museum include the Cupola by the Italian architect Aldo Rossi, and a collection of mediaeval wood carvings.