Drents Museum

Assen, Netherlands

The Drents Museum is an art and history museum in Assen,  Netherlands. The museum was opened in 1854. It has a collection of prehistorical artifacts, applied art, and visual art.

The museum is located in the earlier Marienkamp Abbey. It was founded in 1215 and moved to the present Assen in 1258.

The community ceased to exist during the Protestant Reformation, around 1596; its formal dissolution took place in 1602. In 1601 the church tower collapsed, and badly damaged the church, which was rebuilt in 1662: of the mediaeval structure only the south wall remained.

In 1848 the church was sold to the municipality, which used it as a community centre. Since 1982 it has been used as part of the Drents Museum.



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Founded: 1854
Category: Museums in Netherlands

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Floris van Hal (9 months ago)
An interesting museum to have a look. The 'dying beautifully' exhibition was on when I visited. The pieces they had on Pompeii and Herculaneum was put together really tightly with nice use of space, lights and some interesting information. The permanent collection is interesting as well, though small. The more artsy collections (Rauch / self portraits) did nothing for me. The museum building itself is very beautiful and it is worth a visit if you happen to be in Assen.
Adel Adventures (11 months ago)
Nice museum with nice shop. The exhibition about Pompei was beautiful and despite the crowds you could still see everything well. And you easily have 3hours tour with permanent collection and other exhibitions.
Anna Logvinova (12 months ago)
We have visited amazing exhibition 1. POMPEI and Herculaneum 2. Drentse veenlijken 3. Poppenhuis Everything is amazing starting with the museum building. Almost a thousand years ago, Cistercian nuns laid the first stone of the Drents Museum. In 1259 they received permission from the bishop of Utrecht to build a new monastery on the site where the museum now stands The Statenzaal is without doubt the most beautiful room in the Drents Museum. The hall is lavishly decorated. Visitors to the Drents Museum nowadays enter through a coach house from the end of the 18th century Architect Erick van Egeraat deliberately chose the color white for the new building of the Drents Museum. White is neutral, so that the colorful collection of the museum comes into its own. White also provides an exciting contrast to the historic buildings of the museum The floating stairs in the new building of the Drents Museum weigh 16,000 kilos each and are only attached to the upper and lower floors. The stairs were first tested in the factory in Dokkum My favorite exhibition is Poppenhuis In the 18th century, it was a hobby for rich women to make dollhouses. A doll's house in those days was not a child's toy, but a serious matter a visitor can listen to a lecture by Barbara van Lier's daughter and gossip and slander in the girls' room or smell freshly baked bread in the kitchen. This is how the public imagines itself in Drenthe and Assen in the 18th century
Ararat Mnatsakanyan (2 years ago)
Beautiful exhibition about Armenian history. Even though there was no queue but the museum was pretty full and I would recommend getting tickets in advance.
Roca (2 years ago)
Visited the museum’s exhibition UNDER THE SPELL OF MOUNT ARARAT - Treasures from ancient Armenia. Beautifully curated, great Stone and Bronze Age artifacts, up to Christianity (331 AD, first Christian state). Tradition has it that the Armenians are the direct descendants of Hayk, a great-great-grandson of Noah, whose famous Ark landed on the flanks of Mount Ararat. There is a wooden relic from the Ark from the oldest cathedral in the world: Etchmiadzin Cathedral in Armenia.
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