Take a guided tour
Our range of guided tours will help make you better acquainted with our museum. We can guide you around our most cherished works in the museum and tell you more about the building’s fascinating history and architecture.
The Van Abbemuseum organises three types of guided tour: an art tour covering the highlights of our collection and special projects, a tour of the current main exhibition and an architectural tour.
You can also attend one of the mini-tours by one of the cicerones. Every Sunday there are free guided tours.
The cicerone provides free introductions in the exhibition hall.
Tuesday until Saturday: 12.30 / 14.30 and every Thursday evening at 19.30.
On Sunday there is a free guided tour from 12.00-13.00 and a free introduction at 14.30.
You can register at the information desk of the museum (you do not need to make a reservation in advance).
Free guided tours on Sunday
Free guided tours take place on Sundays at 12.00.
The tour on the first Sunday of the month focuses on the architecture of the building, while those on other Sundays concentrate on our collection and exhibitions.
These tours are intended for individuals rather than groups. To take part, you may reserve a place for one or two people at the museum reception desk on the day of the tour.
The maximum size of the tour group is 20 people. Please note that although the tour is free of charge, the normal museum admission fees apply.
Free Special Guests tours
Every first Sunday of the month at 14:00 our deaf tour guide Jascha Blume will give a free tour in sign language (max 15 persons) through one of the exhibitions in the museum. Jascha himself is also an artist and deaf. Every second Sunday of the month at 14.00 there is a free interactive tour for blind and visually impaired visitors (max 10persons). Original artworks may be touched during this tour.
Participation tour is free for all visitors with an entrance ticket for the museum. Regular entrance fees apply. Special Guets tours are only available in Dutch.
The Van Abbemuseum is the only museum in the Netherlands to focus solely on modern and contemporary art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Since it opened in 1936, the museum has built up an impressive collection of over 2,700 works of art. The Van Abbemuseum has the largest El Lissitzky collection outside Russia, a collection that forms a continual source of inspiration for new exhibitions. The museum also possesses masterpieces by renowned artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Beuys, Dumas, Appel and Daniëls.
The art tour will introduce you to the finest works in the collection and acquaint you with some less well-known but significant works of art, as well as the exhibitions of guest artists.
Special tours of main exhibitions
Every year, the Van Abbemuseum’s Old Building presents a substantial group exhibition with an emphasis on political, economic and social issues. The guided tour will acquaint you with the background and individual impact of the works shown and with connections between them.
The architectural tour gives you a detailed impression of the structure of the Van Abbemuseum building, discussing the possibilities and restrictions its architecture offers for innovative museum presentation formats, particularly with ever expanding contemporary art practice.
The Van Abbemuseum, founded in 1936, is one of the Netherlands’ most distinctive museum designs. The existing building, an architectural monument by the architect A.J. Kropholler (Old Building), was entirely renovated and integrated into the new structure by the architect Abel Cahen (New Building).
The core of the new Van Abbemuseum consists of a 27-metre tall tower with sloping walls. The staircases and a musical lift are also striking features. The seemingly labyrinthine character of the museum interior produces a diversity of contexts for small-scale, intimate displays, for large exhibitions and for monumental installations.
More information about the museum building
Art, exhibition and architectural tours for groups must be booked two weeks in advance.
Costs per tour are € 70 per group on Tuesday–Friday, 11.00 to 17.00 hours.
An evening tour is available on Thursdays from 17.00 to 21.00 at a cost of € 70 per group.
Saturday and Sunday tours cost € 80 per group, and are available between 11.00 and 17.00 hours.
A maximum of 20 participants per group applies to all tours.
Each tour lasts one hour. Entrance fee is not included.
For bookings, please call of email:
T: +31 (0)40 238 10 42
You can also reserve places in the restaurant by calling +31 (0)40 238 10 62.
For more information about the tours, please contact Loes Janssen.