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Enter for a moment a surprisingly different world: that of Museum De Buitenplaats in Eelde. The museum was opened in 1996 by her majesty the queen. The building itself is worth seeing. It is a much discussed example of organic architecture. Cemented walls alternate with neatly piled retaining walls planted with creepers. Flowering roof gardens and colorful borders change into green "outdoor rooms". The walls of these rooms consist of clipped beech and yew bushes. The museum pavilion and the museum garden as it where frame the exhibitions and podium events. The exhibitions focus on contemporary figurative Dutch art, in conjunction with  art with other emphases, other countries and other times. In the midst of all this one can enjoy other expressive art forms: from chamber music to complete opera's, from poetry to salsa. Next to the museum is the "Nijsinghhuis". This state monument  from 1654 frequently opens its door  to the public.  The house has been made very attractive with many interior wallpaintings  by Matthijs Röling, Wout Muller, Peter Pander, Olga Wiese and Clary Mastenbroek. The owner and occupier of the house is Jos van Groeningen. Together with his wife Janneke van Groeningen Hazewinkel (died 2007) he founded the museum.



Michael Reynolds: An Englishman Abroad 7 July - 24 September 2017

The Museum De Buitenplaats presents a solo exhibition with work of the English artist Michael Reynolds. Since it was opened in 1996, the Museum has been among the most renowned museums in the Netherlands in the domain of figurative art. Its collection comprises a large number of works, including paintings by  Matthijs Röling, Wout Muller, Pieter Pander, Clara Mastenbroek, Diederik Kraaijpoel and Michael Reynolds.

Michael Reynolds was a painter who had a remarkably intense ability to visualize both landscapes and people. Aiming to record the visible and tangible world in his paintings, he had become an established artist by the early nineties. Reynolds admired the artistry of  Manet and Degas and was strongly opposed against modernism and abstraction. The prevailing views of the Young British Artists, e.g., Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, he regarded as vulgar and irreverent. He was determined to counteract this tendency by producing truthful work on small-sized canvases, making them accessible to all.     

Reynolds’ work is characterized by a graceful handwriting and fine colour range in a figurative imagery, with much attention for the expression of the texture of materials and for emotion. Landscapes, still lifes, portraits and interiors were Reynolds' favourite subjects and once in a while these genres converge in one and the same painting.

After the death of Michael Reynolds in 2008, the Museum De Buitenplaats received a sizeable donation from the Fillip Foundation. It was Reynolds' wish to present his work to a wide public and allocate his oeuvre among the countries where he preferred to stay. The Fillip Foundation executed this last wish accordingly, dividing his works among collections in the UK, Italy and the Netherlands. The Museum De Buitenplaats was assigned to bear the responsibility for the Dutch share of this donation.


The garden of museum  "de Buitenplaats" was designed by Copijn (Utrecht) and Janneke van Groeningen-Hazewinkel in mutual cooperation. It has been open to the public  since the summer of 2000. The garden has an organic part and a formal part. The organic part is consistent with the architecture of the museum pavilion and extends onto the roof of the museum pavilion.  The sculpture garden is also located here. Behind the Nijsinghhuis is the more formal geometric garden with a mirroring pond, apple orchard and spectacular borders with flowers. This part also has the serpentine wall with roses and grapes.  Visual lines with water  conduits and borders connect both gardens. The many clipped holly, beech and yew bushes create a fresh looking "green architecture" that  also offers outside the flower season  an aesthetic experience. The garden always has sculpture show. 


This beautifully restored 17th century listed building was the starting point for museum “de Buitenplaats”. Over time a number of rooms in the Nijsinghhuis were painted by artists working in the figurative tradition. In 1983 Mathijs Röling started with the Blue Room. The Library and the walls of the entrance followed. The ceiling of the sky at night was finished by him and Wout Muller, who also created the ‘erotic cabinet’. The windows of this small room look out onto the garden and garden scenes are also on the background of the erotic panels. Olga Wiese and Clary Mastenbroek each painted a room in the upper floor of the main house. Pieter Pander painted a wall in the former coach house.

Are you looking for a stylish environment  for a wedding, a lecture or any other event, the orangerie is very appropriate for any of these. Since 2009 the orangerie is also the wedding location for the municipality of Tynaarlo. Starting in the 17th century many important houses had an orangerie in which plants could survive the winter. Over time these small and stylish buildings became a fashion. Not only plants, but also guests felt home in them. Around 1890 many important houses acquired a small orangerie attached to the house : he conservatory. The orangerie can seat 20 people. When the weather is good there is plenty of room for more guests. The orangerie is an inspiring environment for a variety of plans and  we can offer you a program that fits your needs. 

In our museum cafe one can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with a piece of our home made pastries. These are made fresh and are made with real butter. Many people return for  our apple-crumble or walnut-honey pastry.  We also serve a light lunch. 

The museum shop has been further expanded  in order to offer a wide assortment of art presents. Besides a varied amount of art and garden books there is also a wide variety in art cards for every occasion.


Tuesdays to Sundays from 11.00 to 17.00  a' clock and on Easter and Whit Monday.

The museum is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

The museum is also closed in between exhibitions:

26 June up to and until 6 July 2017
25 September to and until 6 October 2017
4 December to and until 8 December 2017

During the summer months, the museum hosts an exhibition of sculptures in the garden.


Hoofdweg 76

9761 EK Eelde

+31 (0)50 30 95 818

Please note in connection with the concerts on Sunday afternoon (approximately 14:00 to 15:00 a' clock) that shortly before the performance it will be decided if the concert will take place in the museum or on the outdoor stage.

When the concert will be held in the museum hall, the exhibition is not open to visitors during this time.


Adult10.00 EUR
Children aged 13 years and over10.00 EUR
Children under 12 yearsFree
Concessions (disabled)*5,-   EUR
Holders of a "Friends of the Museum"card ("vriendenkaart")Admission free
Group rates - for groups of 10 or 10% discount per person9,-   EUR
Guide tours - Museum or the Museum Garden (10 participants)2.00 EUR
Guided tour Nijsinghhuis9.00 EUR
Passe Partout both Museum and Nijsinghhuis15.00 EUR

* Parts of the museum and the garden are not accessible with a wheelchair. But most areas are accessible. 


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