18 Museums to Explore in Drenthe

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Drenthe is a province of the Netherlands located in the northeastern part of the country. The oldest remains of settlements in Holland were found in this province: the mysterious hune beds. But Drenthe also boasts varied natural landscapes: peat swamps, heathlands, and sand drifts. In short, Drenthe is well worth a visit.

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Museums to Explore in Drenthe

C + B Museum Grolloo

The C+B Museum is a museum about the former blues band Cuby + Blizzards . It is located in Grolloo , Drenthe .The museum was opened on June 1, 2011 in the farm on the Voorstreek where lead singer Harry Muskee , aka 'Cuby', lived from 1965 to 1971. Muskee himself witnessed the opening of the museum; a few months later he died of cancer . In the fifth year of his death, lines of text from the songs Appleknockers flophouse and Window of my eyes were applied to the Voorstreek in Grolloo.

Drenthe Archive

The Drents Archief keeps the records of the province of Drenthe (which includes the court records and provincial government records), and for the municipality of Assen. Other municipalities keep their records in local or regional archives. For an overview of all the archives in Drenthe and their finding aids, see Drents Archiefnet.

Drents Museum

This is an art and history museum in Assen, Drenthe, in the Netherlands. It has a large permanent collection of prehistoric artifacts from the province of Drenthe. It includes exhibits of bog bodies such as the Yde Girl,the Weerdinge Men, Exloërmond Man, and the Emmer-Erscheidenveen Man. There are finds from the Funnelbeaker culture, and the collection also includes the oldest recovered canoe in the world, the Pesse canoe, that dates between 8200 and 7600 BC.

Drukkerijmuseum Meppel

A beautiful printing museum, which was located in the heart of Drenthe. Experience for yourself what it was like to use old craft techniques, such as creating a page by setting a text with lead letters. Stand like a book printer behind the stamping printing presses where the typed word is recorded with ink and paper.

Ellert en Brammert

Ellert en Brammert is an open-air museum in Schoonoord expositing the way people lived in Drenthe at the time of the peat digging. It was named after a myth about the two giants Ellert and Brammert who prowled around the Ellertsveld. It is an iconic attraction in this area and it attracts a lot of tourists to here.

Harmonium Museum Nederland

The Harmonium Museum Netherlands is a museum dedicated to the harmonium , a keyboard instrument that produces tones by means of air pressure. It has the largest harmonium collection in the world with 250 harmoniums, 150 of which are on display. In addition, there are special instruments on display, due to their nature or former player, and there is a large theater where singing workshops and performances are given. A large number of instruments in the museum have been restored and can be played.

Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork

Memorial Center Kamp Westerbork is a museum where the history of Camp Westerbork is told.The museum is located on the Oosthalen road , about three kilometers from the former camp site. Due to radio telescopes , no motorized traffic and buildings are allowed at the former camp site. A shuttle bus runs between the visitor center and the camp site and an educational walking route has been installed between the sites.

Hunebedden Centrum Borger

The Hunebedcentrum in Borger on the Drentse Hondsrug puts you on the trail to prehistoric times. To the time when the first farmers settled in Drenthe. These farmers built the impressive stone funerary monuments, the remains of which can still be admired in the Drenthe landscape. There are still 54 and the largest is right next to the center.

Industrieel Smalspoormuseum

The Industrieel Smalspoormuseum is a narrow - gauge industrial railway museum in the Amsterdamscheveld district of the village of Emmen-Erica in the Dutch province of Drenthe . It is close to the village of Emmen-Weiteveen .Founded in 1984, the museum is located on a 6-hectare site on the Dommerskanaal . In this area, peat was processed into peat litter by the Griendtsveen Turfstrooisel Maatschappij until 1983 .

International Klompenmuseum

The International Wooden Shoe Museum Eelde is a museum in Eelde, the Netherlands, for clogs, clog-making equipment and machinery. It has the largest collection of wooden footwear in the world. There has been Over 2,200 different pairs of wooden shoes and footwear with wooden soles from 43 countries and Hundreds of pieces of clog-making equipment from seven European countries and An extensive collection of international literature, including photographs.

Museum Collection Brands

A majestic and beautiful museum contains a collection of over seventy thousand objects and books that were collected by Jans Brands during his lifetime. The ‘crown jewel’ of the museum is a complete medieval register from 1382, which contains a summary of all the feudal lords and their holdings that had sworn fealty to the then bishop of Utrecht, Floris van Wevelinkhoven.

Museum De Buitenplaats Eelde

Museum De Buitenplaats is a museum for figurative art from after 1945 in Eelde in Drenthe . It consists of a museum pavilion, a museum garden with orangery and museum café and the seventeenth-century Nijsinghhuis . In addition to visual art, the museum also offers a stage for performing arts and literature .

Museum De Koloniehof

The De Koloniehof museum is a memorial museum dedicated to the work of the Society of Benevolence , which founded various colonies in the then United Kingdom of the Netherlands in the first half of the 19th century as part of the fight against poverty. The museum shows the history of the origin of the colonies in Drenthe and Overijssel and the life of the settlers.

Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art

The Museum of Contemporary Tibetan Art is located in the Rensenpark in Emmen . It has permanent and temporary exhibitions of contemporary Tibetan art. The museum also holds a collection of historical Tibetan artefacts that strongly relate in theme and imagery to the contemporary artworks. It hosts a collection of works featuring Tibetan and Tibet-inspired artists, but mainly composed of works created and donated by the founder of the museum, Tashi Norbu of Bhutan.

Museum Orvelte

A beautiful open air museum located in the heart of Drenthe. In the lively monument village of Orvelte - where people simply live and work - you can experience history firsthand. Join us on a journey and experience Orvelte yourself!There are beautiful thatched Saxon farmhouses and other rustic buildings. Nice to walk along, but even more fun to look inside. You are most welcome at some of these farms!

Museum van Papierknipkunst

The Museum of Paper Cutting is a museum on the village green of Westerbork . It was founded in Muntendam in the 1950s by cutting artist Wiecher Lever and moved to Westerbork in 1965.The museum has a permanent set-up and also changing exhibitions with paper cutting art from the Netherlands and abroad. Every year there is an exhibition with a special theme, such as File 2009 or Summer 2015.

Van Goghs old home

Van Gogh House is a cultural site in Nieuw-Amsterdam, in the province of Drenthe in the Netherlands. The painter Vincent van Gogh stayed here for two months in 1883; the house is now a museum. You can visit Van Gogh’s room. His bed is still in the same place, his art supplies and paint are ready for use. It looks like Van Gogh left for a walk and may come back any time soon.


Museum Veenpark is an open -air museum in Barger-Compascuum, Drenthe , Netherlands . With an area of ​​160 hectares, including the outdoor area that can only be reached by light railway , it is one of the largest open-air museums in Europe. In the entrance building, the permanent exhibition Veenomenale Hondsrug shows the history of the moor and peat extraction below the Hondsrug ridge, as well as the cultivation of buckwheat in the days of the moor pioneers.

Map of Museums to explore in Drenthe