Het Noordbrabants Museum is the leading museum of Brabant art and history in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. It is housed in what was once a Jesuit monastery in 1615. The beautiful classicist façade building was extensively renovated in 1767 as a Governor’s Palace. The building was again converted in 1984 to adequately fit Het Noordbrabants Museum.
The museum collection comprises more than 30.000 works including paintings, prints, drawings, textiles, coins and medals, glass, silver, arts and crafts, archaeology, and Brabant products. Its permanent exhibition ‘The Story of Brabant’ presents the history, culture, art and design of anything with Brabant roots. From prehistory to Brabant in the future. It has objects from Roman shrines, elaborate religion artifacts, old paintings, wooden reliefs, a printing press by Hendrik Palier, clothing articles, weapons, a famous Dutch automotive DAF 600 passenger car, Christmas lighting from Philips, shoes by Van Bommelen and more. There are inspiring stories, videos and an interactive floor projection in the shape of the province with the most important cities. Everything about Brabant is right here in this exhibition! Signages and text panels are prepared in English language too.
The main highlights of this museum are the two pavilions that zoom in on the life and work of the two master painters of Brabant origin: Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516) and Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890).
Hieronymus Bosch was born as Jheronimus van Aken right here in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and considered the most important artist of the late Middle Ages. His paintings combine reality and his own fantasy thus creating a fantastic bizarre new world.
Vincent Van Gogh was born in Zundert, a small village in the southern part of North-Brabant. He started his career as a painter in rural Brabant and painted nostalgic images of life in the countryside. Het Noordbrabants Museum is the only museum in the Southern Netherlands to exhibit original works by Vincent van Gogh. There are eleven original paintings on display devoted to van Gogh and his Brabant period. Photo taking at this pavilion is prohibited.
Since 2013, Het Noordbrabants Museum is connected under the same roof as the Stedelijk (Municipal) Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch. Together, these two museums make up the Museum Quarter of ’s-Hertogenbosch with more than 5000 square meters of exhibition space. Visit this museum if you are keen to know about Brabant. Check out the website for their interesting temporary exhibition(s) or stop by to view van Gogh’s rare early works of peasant life theme.
Address: Verwersstraat 41, ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Closed on Mondays.
Entrance Fees: €12.00 for adults. Free for children and youth up to 18 years old. Free entry for Museumkaart holders.
Getting There: The museum is just 10 minutes’ walk from the ‘s-Hertogenbosch Centraal Station.