Saturday, December 8, 2012

Weekend Wanderings: Kröller-Müller Museum

Nestled deep within the De Hoge Veluwe, a 5,500 hecter woodland, the Kröller-Müller Museum is home to a vast collection of 19th and 20th century artworks.

My mom chose a visit to this museum for her birthday outing so, along with my friend Kate (another Floridian expat) we made the hour-long trek from Amsterdam east towards Apeldoorn.

We proused the forest grounds, snapping photos of autumn leaves and if the weather hadn't been so drizzly, we would have definitely taking a spin on the the white bicycles available for visitors to borrow.

Instead, we captured leaves and pinecones for our (then) upcoming Thanksgiving party and then once the cold started to bite our fingertips, we headed inside to browse the gallery. 


The three of us were really looking forward to viewing the huge Van Gogh collection.
Actually, this private collection boasts the most Van Goghs in the world! 
It was unbelieveable how many well recognized paintings were part of this collection.
If only I had millions to support a massive art collection...

Helene Kröller-Müller collected more than 11,500 artworks and in 1938 she and her husband open the doors to their museum-home. The grounds also come complete with a gorgeous hunting lodge that, unfortunately for us, was under construction at the time.

Oh Mama, you sure do make me smile!

The autumn colors were absolutely stunning despite such dreary weather (thanks, a lot Holland),
here are a few more photos of the surrounding forest...


Although I love the convenience of living in Amsterdam's city center,
and the added perk of cycling just about anywhere,
there's just something special about taking a road trip.
Maybe that's the American in me?

 I'd really like to check a few more museums around the Netherlands off my list
and thanks to my museum card most of the are free to enter!
Plus, staying inside finding inspiration in artwork is a great excuse to avoid cold weather.

Do you have any recommendations? I'd love to hear them!