Kröller-Müller Museum

Kröller-Müller Museum

Kröller-Müller Museum
Entrance of the museum in 2008
Kröller-Müller Museum is located in Gelderland
Location in Gelderland in the Netherlands
Established 13 July 1938 (1938-07-13)[1]
Location Houtkampweg 6[2]
Otterlo, Netherlands
Type Art museum
Visitors 330,000 (2013)[3]
Ranking 12th nationally (2013)[4]
Director Lisette Pelsers[5]
Website .nl.kmmwww

The Kröller-Müller Museum (Dutch pronunciation: or ) is an 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 also has a sculpture garden. The museum had 330,000 visitors in 2013.


  • History 1
  • Collection 2
  • Sculpture garden 3
  • Selected collection highlights 4
  • Administration 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
  • External links 8


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 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. 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


Lisette Pelsers is the museum director of the Kröller-Müller Museum.[5]

The museum had 307,000 visitors in 2012[8] and 330,000 visitors in 2013.[3]


  1. ^ a b (Dutch) Johannes van der Wolk, "Helene Emma Laura Juliane Kröller-Müller", Biografisch Woordenboek Gelderland, 1998. Retrieved on 2013-09-27.
  2. ^ Address/directions, Kröller-Müller Museum. Retrieved on 2013-09-27.
  3. ^ a b (Dutch) Daan van Lent & Pieter van Os, "Musea doen het goed: aantal bezoekers in 2013 fors gestegen", NRC Handelsblad, 2013. Retrieved on 3 August 2014.
  4. ^ (Dutch) Daan van Lent & Pieter van Os, "Musea doen het goed: aantal bezoekers in 2013 fors gestegen", NRC Handelsblad, 2013. Retrieved on 28 June 2014.
  5. ^ a b Structure, Kröller-Müller Museum. Retrieved on 2013-09-27.
  6. ^ The potato eaters, Kröller-Müller Museum. Retrieved on 2013-08-24.
  7. ^ Terrace of a café at night (Place du Forum), Kröller-Müller Museum. Retrieved on 2013-08-23.
  8. ^ (Dutch) Top 55 Museumbezoek 2012, Nederlandse Museumvereniging, 2012. Retrieved on 2013-08-19.

Further reading

  • Kröller-Müller State Museum, Otterlo. Netherlands: Kröller-Müller State Museum, 1973.

External links

  • Kröller-Müller Museum, official website