Modern art in Eindhoven

The van Abbe is a museum with modern art in Eindhoven. The exhibitions are very diverse and change regularly.

It is close to the city center of Eindhoven. It is a 17 minute walk from the train station. And every 15 minutes a bus leaves from the train station and stops next to the museum.

On April 18 1836 ‘het stedelijk van Abbe Museum’ officially opened its doors with the exhibition ‘hedendaagsche Nederlandse kunst’ (‘modern Dutch art’). The museum was named after the cigar manufacturer H.J. van Abbe, who financed the building of the museum and provided some of his private art works. In the second half of the last century the museum grew profoundly and a few years later the building had become too small. The existing van Abbemuseum was not suitable for offering all the modern services that the managment wanted. They decided to start a big renovation and expand the museum. The renewed van Abbemuseum opened its doors in 2003 and is 5 times bigger than it first was.

The van Abbe exposes modern art in Eindhoven and is a lot of fun for all ages. There are possibility’s to host children’s parties but there are also activities for people with dementia. Children up to 12 years have free access and students get a discount. The museum is accessible for the disabled. There are special programs for the blind and the deaf, this is called ‘the special guest’ program.  This project consists of various programs and guided tours with adjustments for people who are blind and / or deaf. Participants of this program can touch the art works from the exhibition and there also is made use of music, literature and scent. For de deaf there is a guided tour in sign language.

Also the museum has a library which is free of charge. The library is specialised in scientific literature in the field of modern and contemporary visual art. There also is a museum café where you can sit down and have a nice drink or meal during your visit of the museum. The café is behind the museum and is located next to the river ‘Dommel’ so you would have a stunning view! Also if you are not a visitor you can visit the museum and café.

If you walk 10 minutes from the van Abbemuseum you will find the city centre of Eindhoven and Holland Casino! If you want to combine modern art in Eindhoven with a fun night out, this is a nice place to go out after you have visited the museum.

The van Abbemuseum is opened from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 – 17:00.
The museum is closed on Mondays and new years day, Kings day and on Christmas day.
On Tuesdays, the museum is free of charge between 15:00 and 17:00.

There is no private parking space but there are multiple garages in the neighbourhood (5 minutes walk). There are two parking spaces in front for the disabled.

Adress: Bilderdijklaan 10, Eindhoven