The Kröller-Müller Museum has one of the largest sculpture gardens in Europe. An outdoor gallery measuring 25 hectares in which modern sculpture finds a natural setting. The garden is open all year round and exudes a different ambience with every season.
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Enjoying both sculpture and nature
Over 160 sculptures by iconic artists are dotted around the garden; from Aristide Maillol to Jean Dubuffet, from Marta Pan to Pierre Huyghe. The garden is also adorned by two pavilions, by Aldo van Eyck and by Gerrit Rietveld: architectural gems from the 1960s that were given a new home here.The surroundings elicit pure enjoyment, of both sculpture and nature. Pleasantly sprawled in the grass, cosily picnicking together or running circuits; all this is possible in the sculpture garden.
Jardin d'émail by Jean Dubuffet
After 5 years of renovation, this imposing artwork by Jean Dubuffet is gleaming again. Touching Jardin d’émail, walking on it and even playing there is allowed!
Different opening hours for Jardin d’émail
Jardin d'émail is accessible from 1 April to 1 November, but only when the surface is completely dry. The work is closed for maintenance every last Monday of the month. It is also inaccessible during or shortly after rainfall, due to the risk of slipperiness.
Jardin d’émail received a full conservation treatment between 2016 and 2020. In order to keep the artwork in good condition for as long as possible, regular inspection, maintenance and cleaning is required. We do this every last Monday of the month. For example, the drains are cleaned and the entire work is washed and scrubbed with water. Afterwards, the work has to dry before it is safe for visitors again.
Accessibility sculpture garden
The sculpture garden is largely accessible with a wheelchair or mobility scooter. There are, however, also unpaved paths that are not suitable for wheelchair or mobility scooter users. You will find all the necessary information on the map of the sculpture garden. To the maps
Some of the sculptures in the sculpture garden are covered during the winter months (1 November until 1 April). This includes aomongst others Floating sculpture, Otterlo by Marta Pan, Jardin d’émail van Jean Dubuffet and Needle Tower van Kenneth Snelson.
Kijk Uit Attention
The museum is currently considering the future of Kijk Uit Attention. For the time being, the work is opened occasionally.
Ticks occur wherever there is ground-level vegetation in the Netherlands, so that includes De Hoge Veluwe National Park and the sculpture garden. A tick bite is usually harmless, but can cause Lyme disease in some cases. Check yourself for tick bites after your ‘nature excursion’. If you have been bitten, remove the tick without delay. More information is available on the website of the RIVM.
Birdhouses to combat the oak processionary caterpillar
50 birdhouses were hung in and around the sculpture garden in 2020 to combat the oak processionary caterpillar. The first birdhouses have already been inhabited since March. The maker of the birdhouses donated the entire proceeds to the Eureka care home in Otterlo, for entertaining activities.
The oak processionary caterpillar (Thaumethopea processionea) is the caterpillar of a moth. In the months of May, June, and July you may find hairy caterpillars on oak trees. After contact with the caterpillar's microscopic arrow-shaped hairs, symptoms such as itching, a rash, eye irritation, or respiratory irritation may occur. The general advice is not to walk barefoot or sit on the ground. You can find more information on the website of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) (Information currently only available in Dutch)