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Drents Museum in Assen

Drents Museum Assen - Gebouw

The Drents Museum is an art and history museum in Assen in the province of Drenthe. Visitors have the opportunity to view collections of (pre)historical artifacts, applied art and visual art. A visit to the museum can be very instructive and enjoyable.

Beside the relics you will also admire the architecture of the building. The outside is a historical building, the inside is modern. Only recently has part of the building been renovated. The museum also boasts to have the oldest preserved canoe in the world. Going to the Drents Museum is a trip worth taking.


The Drents museum was founded by the King’s Commissioner of Drenthe on November 28, 1854 as a Provincial Museum of Drents Antiquities.

On November 6, 2007 the museum announced that the architect Erick van Egeraat was chosen to design a new extension for the museum. The total cost was estimated at €18 Million. From the summer of 2010 to the summer of 2011 the museum was closed. At the beginning of 2010, a new modern depot facility for around 90,000 objects and works of art was completed. The new wing was officially opened in November 2011.

What To Expect

Drents Museum Assen - Egg Exhibition

The museum has a large collection of prehistoric artifacts from the province of Drenthe featuring exhibits of bog bodies. There are finds from the Funnelbeaker culture, and also include the oldest recovered canoe in the world, the Pesse canoe which dates between 8200 and 7600 BC.


There are many different exhibitions in the museum. A particular exhibition which has attracted many visitors is that of the mummies. A wide collection from different museums and collections of mummies dating back to the Egyptian kingdoms, but also from South America, Asia and Europe (including the Netherlands peat-bog bodies).


The archaeology department shows the influence of man on the landscape.  You will also find impressive mammoth bones, unique Neanderthal finds, objects from hunebedden (megalithic grave monuments) and burial hills. Look and listen to the background to the drama of Yde Girl in the Yde theatre.

Contemporary realism

The museum has over 1,500 works by artist such as Henk Helmantel, Matthijs Roling, Wout Muller, Pieter Pander, Sam Drukker, Douwe Wlias, Barend Blankert and Berend Groen. The Drents Museum has one of the most prominent collections of contemporary realistic art in the Netherlands.

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Art and Applied Art from 1885 to 1935

Dutch Art and Applied Art from the period 1885-1935 are also featured in this Museum. This period is characterized by tempestuous developments in both ‘free and applied art. Simultaneously, many artists remain true to traditions which still have a lot to offer.

Doll house

Drents Museum Assen - Rode Kamer

A very generous contribution from the BankGiro Loterij has enabled the transformation of the period rooms into a house filled with stories for young and old. Information from Drents families has made it possible for us to tell the story of the history of Drenthe between 1750 and 1830.

How To Get There

The museum address is: Drents Museum, Brink 1, 9401 HS Assen. There is an entrance charge for adults but entrance is free for children under 18 years of age. Drents Museum is wheelchair friendly and has a lift. Visitors, who have difficulty walking can use a wheelchair provided by the museum.


The Drents Museum is approximately five minutes’ walk from the Intercity bus station and Assen.


There are several car parks in the vicinity of the museum.

Walking Route From Station

From the railway station you can walk to the center through the Stationsstraat.

At the end of the Stationsstraat insert Oostersingel over at the crosswalk.

Turn left and immediately right again in Klooster.

At the end of the Kloosterstraat you will see links to the corner of the entrance of the Drents Museum. This is on the Brink 1.

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