deaf and hard of hearing


A few times a year one of our deaf guides will give a free tour in sign language through one of the exhibitions. We visit a different section of the museum each time. Please nite: the tours are in Dutch sign language.


For upcoming tours, view our calendar here. The tour is free, but a museum ticket is required. 

In this video you see our program for blind & partially sighted and deaf & hard of hearing visitors.


On request, the tours in sign language can also be booked at other days and times. The tour is available in Sign Language of the Netherlands (SLN), American Sign Language (ASL) or International Sign (IS). The tour takes 1,5 hours. For more information, contact us via or 040-238 10 42.

The exhibition Delinking and Relinking, on display from September 2021 to 2025, is the first fully multi-sensory collection display in the Netherlands. With over 25 multi-sensory tools, including texts in Braille, scent interpretations, tactile drawings and soundscapes, Delinking and Relinking makes artworks accessible to a wide audience, including visually or hearing-impaired visitors and wheelchair users. 

Scent cards offer an olfactory interpretation of artworks in Delinking and Relinking. Photo: Tom Doms.


The Van Abbemuseum offers several free and digital tours via the Smartify app, including two in Sign Language of the Netherlands (SLN). You can choose language settings via the dropdown menu at the top.

Introduction Tour: are you visiting the Van Abbemuseum for the first time and would you like to start at the beginning? Watch the Introduction tour here and discover the collection display Delinking and Relinking.

Bodily Encounters Tour: what can we gain from an increased awareness of our own body? What do we learn from other people's bodies? Take this tour to find out.


In the auditorium audio induction loop is available.

Collaboration Dutch sign choir and museum choir

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Van Abbemuseum, a special performance was arranged for which the museum choir performed together with the Dutch sign language choir. During the celebration of this anniversary, the museum was continuously opened for 80 hours. After a speech of director Charles Esche, this special choir formation closed the successful and inspiring anniversary weekend, followed by thunderous yet silent applause. 

Dutch sign choir together with the Van Abbe museum choir


The projects for deaf and hard of hearing visitors are part of the Unlimited Van Abbe-programme. The Van Abbemuseum wants to be accessible to every curious visitor, whether you are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. Even if you are bedridden, the museum will come to you. Unlimited Van Abbe comprises monthly recurring activities for various groups, guided tours and several adjustments that improve the museum's accessibility. It is made possible by members of the VriendenLoterij.


For questions regarding the Unlimited Van Abbe programme, please contact Vivian Heyms, Constituent organiser (vivian.heyms [at] / +31 6 385 568 10) or Glenda Pattipeilohy, education and mediation (glenda.pattipeilohy [at] / +31 6 3855 4992). For questions regarding reservations, contact the museum via or 040-238 10 42.