Bilderdijklaan 10

5600 AE
Phone: +31 (0)40 238 10 00
Fax: +31 (0)40 246 06 80
Website: http://www.vanabbemuseum.

Van Abbemuseum

The Van Abbemuseum is one of the leading museums for modern and contemporary art in Europe. Since the opening in 1936, we have shown many acclaimed exhibitions and built an extensive, internationally renowned collection of more than 2700 works of art. The collections reputation is due to the quality of the individual works of art, among which are masterpieces by Picasso, Chagall, El Lissitzky, Beuys, Weiner, Gordon and McCarthy.
In the Oudbouw (old building) temporary exhibitions exploring topics of general political and social concern alongside focused presentations of individual artists are held. In the Nieuwbouw (new building), a radical new approach called Plug In has been developed to exhibit the famous collection. The Nieuwbouw is also the location of Living Archive, a series of documentary exhibitions based on the museum archive.
With the renovation of the historic museum building, dating from 1936, by architect Kropholler, and its integration into the spectacular new wing, designed by architect Abel Cahen, the Van Abbemuseum is moving with the times in the museum world and responding to the growing expectations of the public. Cahen's distinctive design makes a notable contribution to Dutch museum architecture. The museum will also have a whole range of new facilities, created by the Belgian designer Maarten van Severen. These include an auditorium and an education centre, which will accommodate a wide spectrum of public events. The library, in its striking new home, ranks among the leading scholarly centres for the visual arts in the Netherlands. Equally inviting are the new restaurant with its unique location and the specialist museum shop.
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Permanent Collection

Cubism: Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Robert Delaunay, Piet Mondriaan, Pablo Picasso.
El Lissitzky and contemporaries

The Van Abbemuseum collection covers a period of about 100 years. In total the museum now owns roughly 2700 works of art, of which 1000 are works on paper, 700 are paintings and 1000 are sculptures, installations and video works. The collections international reputation is due to the fine quality of the individual works of art, some of which are world famous. In the strip below you can see illustrations of a number of works from the collection. They have been taken from the 100-year period covered by the collection and put in chronological order. More information about the works in the collection is to be found in the museum library.


Plug In

Re-imagining the collection

ongoing until April 2009

Plug In is the title of the new approach to exhibiting the collection at the Van Abbemuseum. Over the next three years, the presentation of the museum's collection will be constantly re-imagined through a series of independent, unitary exhibitions in the galleries of the new building.

In April 2006 the first ‘episodes’ of Plug In were shown – a new series of collection displays put together by guest curators, including artists. Each museum space has its own independent, themed display as well as its own time span. By sequentially changing the spaces, fresh narratives, surprising links and revealing contrasts are constantly being invoked. Plug In refers not only to the spaces, which can be fitted and taken apart like a box of building blocks, but invites visitors to ‘plug in’ – according to need and interest – and set their imagination alight.

until 2008
Be[com]ing Dutch

01/10/05 - 07/10/07
Lily van der Stokker

from 18/02/06
Dan Perjovschi

from 12/05/07
Kim Schoenstadt

22/09/07 – 06/01/08
Forms of Resistance

29/09/2007 - 28/10/2007
Cityplan - The most modern design for Eindhoven

Living Archive

22/09/07 – 09/03/08
Imagination into power

Library exhibition

04/09/07 - 26/10/07
Het Apollohuis - Publications

06/11/07 - 04/01/08
Certain Trees

Previous Exhibitions

Complete archive http://www.vanabbemuseum.nl/engels/tentoonstellingen/online_archief.htm

Summer tour in the Van Abbemuseum 01 July - 31 August 07
Living Archive: Wo stehst Du mit deiner Kunst, Kollege? 27 February - 2 September 07
Büchler / Mograbi / Stark 12 May - 2 September 07
Library presentation: Marc Mulders 01 May - 31 July 07
Allan Kaprow: art as life 10 February - 22 April 07
Library presentation: A Bright Glade 20 March - 20 April 07
Library presentation: Byars & Beuys 13 February 2006 - 09 March 2007
Living Archive: Meanwhile... behind the scenes 20 May 2006 - 16 February 2007
Be[com]ing Dutch: the Gatherings 26 January 07 - 28 January 07
Machteld Teekens 05 December 06 - 26 January 07
Groothertogdom brabant 13 January 07 - 25 January 07

Lee Lozano 7 October 2006 - 7 January 2007
Lawrence Weiner, Printed works 15 September 2006 - 7 January 2007
Academy, Learning from the Museum 15 September - 26 November 2006
Library presentation:
Stichting October en Carol Robertson 20 June - 01 September 2006
What happened to Art 20 May - 17 September 2006
The Subversive Charm of the Bourgeoisie 18 March 2006 – 3 September 2006
Stijn Peeters 18 March 2006 – 3 September 2006
Toos Nijssen 20 May 2006 - 3 September 2006
Library presentation: Morellet and Light Art 7 March 2006 - 26 May 2006
Bartana - Perjovschi - Sasnal 18 Februari 2006 - 30 April 2006
No Ghost Just a Shell 9 April 2005 - 23 April 2006
People's park 1 October 2005 - 23 April 2006
The street. A form of living together 1 October 2005 - 23 April 2006
In memory of Edy de Wilde 13 December 2005 - 3 April 2006
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Adults: € 8,50
Holders of 'Museumkaart': free of charge
Groups of 15 or more and those over 65: € 6,- per person
Admission for students (up to 27 years old) is € 4,-
Children under 12 years of age: free of charge.
Vereniging Rembrandt pas: free of charge.

Admission to the library and the restaurant is free.

Opening hours

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday the museum is open until 9 p.m.!

Until December 31th 2007: free admission on thursday evening, from 17.00 o'clock till 21.00 o'clock.

The museum is closed on Monday, with the exception of public holidays. The museum is closed on New Year's Day, Christmas Day and Carnaval's Tuesday.

Getting there

By car

Eindhoven is situated at the junction of the A2 and A67 motorways. No matter how you approach the city, head to the city centre and follow the signs to the Car Park 'Stadskantoor/Van Abbemuseum', Car Park Stadhuisplein, Heuvelgalerie, or De Lage Landen car park, which are all a 5-minute walk away from the Van Abbemuseum. These are the most convenient places to park your car. For more information on public car parks in Eindhoven, their rates and opening hours, please visit the website of the Tourist Information Office ('VVV Eindhoven') at www.vvveindhoven.nl (select 'transport').

Print address with map (PDF, 111Kb) http://www.vanabbemuseum.nl/engels/route/howtofindus.pdf

By rail

Every half hour, Dutch Railways operates city-to-city links from Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam to Eindhoven. The Van Abbemuseum is a 10-minute walk from the train station through the pedestrian-only city centre. A Tourist Information Office (VVV) is located next to the station. For Dutch Railways travel times, please visit their website at www.ns.nl

On foot

From the train station it's a ten-minute walk to the Van Abbemuseum through the pedestrianised area of the inner city.

Local public transport buses

The bus station is located next to the Eindhoven Centraal train station. Bus line 1 (in the direction of Philips Campus/Waalre) will take you directly to the Van Abbemuseum within 10 minutes. Get off the bus at the 'Stadhuisplein' stop. At the south side of the train station there are taxi's.

By air

A growing number of people are becoming aware that Eindhoven has good air connections with Paris, London and Amsterdam. The new Eindhoven airport is situated ...+ [ Read all ]


The Van Abbemuseum is wheelchair accessible. Next to the main entrance there are 2 parking-places for disabled. For assistance, please call +31 (0)40 238 10 00.

The library is open Tuesday through Friday from 11.00 a.m. to 17.00 p.m.
Closed in August.

Museum café 'Echt iets voor u'

‘An oasis of tranquillity in the heart of the city’ is how a visitor described our Museumcafé ‘Echt iets voor U’ and the outdoor café on the banks of the river Dommel.
tu-su: 11.00 am - 6.00 pm
thu: 11.00 am - 9.00 pm
and upon reservations

Go to www.flavours.nu for more information
Reservations: +31 (0)40 238 1042
E-mail: info@flavours.nu

Museum Shop

Books, magazines, museum publications, artists editions and postcards are all for sale in the museum shop. Also unusual items designed by young designers.
For more information about these designers, you can check our Dutch website.
Come to our shop four special offers in design items.
Free admission.

Museum internal and external photos (5)

Click on the images to enlarge

News and events


Next to exhibitions, the Van Abbemuseum offers a wide range of activities and information adapted to different types of visitor.

More http://www.vanabbemuseum.nl/engels/activiteiten/lezingenfilms.htm



The Education and Interpretation Department offers a wide range of activities to match the tastes of a diverse museum audience. The museum has special programmes for schools and its own courses for adults and children. These are all in Dutch.

More http://www.vanabbemuseum.nl/engels/educatie.htm


The Van Abbemuseum offers three types of guided tours: an architectural tour of the new building, a tour of masterpieces in the collection and the special projects and a tour of the most important current exhibition.

Guided tours for groups
Guided tours for groups are offered in Dutch, French, German and English. Group tours must be reserved two weeks in advance. We charge € 70,- per tour. On Saturdays and Sundays we charge € 80,- per tour. There is a maximum of 20 visitors per tour. All guided tours last one hour. For reservations, click here of call 0031-40-2381042. To make reservations for the restaurant, please call the same number.

Free guided tours
Free guided tours are offered in Dutch every Sunday at noon. These tours are intended for induviduals, not for groups. Please register with a maximum of two persons at the information desk of the museum starting at 11.45 hours. Reservations only for one or two persons.
Please note that only the guided tours are free, not the entrance fee! Maximum group size is 20 persons. To make reservations for the restaurant, please call 0031-40-2381034.

If you require additional information, please contact the Education and Interpretation Department, PO Box 235, 5600 AE Eindhoven, the Netherlands, e-mail: educatie@vanabbemuseum.nl


Children’s Art Club

Are you between six and ten years old? Do you enjoy looking at art works and especially making a few of your own? Every Saturday afternoon from 14.00 – 16.00 is Children’s Art Club. Along with other children you go into the museum and look at art works. Each time there is a different theme, and when you’re tired of looking you can have a go yourself at making your own art work. Book a place on-line reserveringen@vanabbemuseum.nl or call +31 (0)40 238 1042. Charge: € 4,- per session.


Introduction to Twentieth-Century Art History Course

Every Spring and Autumn short 20th century, art history courses are given. This is a convenient and quick way of acquiring knowledge about a period from which most works from the museum collection stem. For dates and how to enrol, check our Dutch website.


The friends of the Van Abbemuseum

For some years now the Van Abbemuseum has enjoyed the active support of the Friends of the Van Abbemuseum, whose aim is to promote the museum and to increase public involvement. The Friends regularly organise activities, including workshops, lectures and excursions; they enjoy free admission to the museum and are invited to exhibition openings, lectures, etc. They receive discounts on museum publications; as well as this they receive the quarterly Vriendenjournaal - the Friends' magazine in Dutch with interviews and background information on the activities of the Friends and the museum. You can become a Friend of the Van Abbemuseum for an annual subscription of € 35. The subscription for those under 25 or over 65 years of age is only € 17,50. An annual two-person pass for you and your partner or other family member costs only € 50 (€ 32 for concessions).

More information

For further information on becoming a Friend of the Van Abbemuseum, please contact the Friends of the Van Abbemuseum office, PO Box 6188, 5600 AZ Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Tel: +31 (0)40 238 10 32, Fax: +31 (0)40 246 06 80, e-mail: info@vriendenvanabbe.nl


Stichting Promoters Van Abbemuseum

A foundation of corporate museum patrons, the Stichting Promoters Van Abbemuseum, brings together businesses that give financial support to the museum for its major acquisitions. Their annual donations amount to more than a third of the museum's budget for new acquisitions. The foundation has already enabled the purchase of several key works. Notable examples are Tapis de Sable by Marcel Broodthaers, Proun P23, no. 6 by El Lissitzky, and the bronze Listening Figure with Balcony by Juan Muñoz.

The most recent work purchased with the support of the Van Abbemuseum Promoters Foundation is an installation by Paul McCarthy.

Paul McCarthy
Piccadilly Circus
acquired 2003

Venue hire

Business or special events
If you are looking for a special location for that exclusive business or festive gathering, then the Van Abbemuseum is the right address. How about a gathering in this splendid building combined with a guided architectural or art tour? We will be happy to give you full information on the possibilities and special packages available.

Restaurant and auditorium
The restaurant in combination with the auditorium is suitable for a variety of exclusive gatherings for 25 to 250 people. The auditorium seats 115 and has every conceivable facility, including stage and audio-video equipment, for a variety of purposes, including:
• product presentations
• meetings
• lectures
• training programmes
• receptions (max. 250 people)
• dinners (max. 80 people)

Meeting room
A suitable meeting room with beamer, flip-over and slide projector is also available in the museum for smaller gatherings of 10 people.

The catering for exclusive group gatherings is provided by two of Eindhoven’s leading gourmet caterers.

Parking facilities
The Van Abbemuseum is situated in the centre of Eindhoven and there are ample parking facilities in the direct vicinity.

For more information on the possibilities of holding your next meeting or event at the museum, please contact our bookings department on + 31 (0)40 238 1042. We will be happy to talk to you personally at this magnificent location.