The war years

The construction of a bomb shelter in a sand dune in the Veluwe begins in 1939. As of 22 July 1940, the entire collection is relocated there. The works of art are packed in order of value and moved in small groups. Within a week, all the works are secured, and the museum can close its doors. On 15 April 1945, the museum is liberated by Canadian troops, who also help reinstall the art in the museum. The Kröller-Müller officially reopens on 6 October 1945.


Work of sound art by Susan Philipsz

On route to the shelter, the visitor is guided through the work of sound art The Wind Rose by Susan Philipsz (1965, Glasgow). Eight tones, produced by blowing into sea shells from various parts of the world, can be heard from the trees. They represent the eight wind directions. From a gentle breeze to a raging storm: it is as if the forest itself sighs, groans, puffs and blows, as a metaphor for life and our mortality.

Opening hours and admission prices

The bomb shelter is open from 19 September to 27 October 2019 from Thursday to Sunday, between 11.00 and 15.00 hrs.

For visitors in possession of an admission ticket for the museum (day ticket, Museumkaart, BankGiro Lottery VIP Card, ICOM, Rembrandt Association Card), admission to the bomb shelter is free. However, you must first collect your admission voucher from the reception desk in the museum on the day of your visit.

For visitors with an admission ticket for De Hoge Veluwe National Park, admission vouchers (including route map and brochure) can be purchased from the reception desk in the museum (not at the bomb shelter itself).

Admission for adults (18 +): € 2.50 (including route map and brochure).

Children and youths from 0- 18 years: free.

The opening of the bomb shelter was made possible with the support  of: