The Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands, joins the LRE Foundation and its international network made of places, people and stories that keep the memory of WWII alive.
The Kröller-Müller Museum is famous for its impressive collection of Van Gogh paintings, together with other outstanding pieces of art by Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian, among others. Besides its excellent art collection, the museum also has a fascinating war history. At the beginning of the Second World War, a bomb shelter was constructed in a sand dune to preserve the museum’s valuable collection. Later on, in the final year of the war, the building served as an emergency hospital for the Red Cross. On 15 April 1945, the museum was finally liberated by the Canadians, who also helped reinstate the art so the collection could be opened to the public on 6 October 1945.
Jurriaan de Mol, Director of the LRE Foundation in the Netherlands: “In a region where remembrance tourism plays an important role, visitors of the Liberation Route Europe will appreciate the combination of art, culture and history. The collaboration with the Kröller-Müller Museum is, therefore, a great addition to what the LRE Foundation’s network currently offers“.
Check out the Kröller-Müller Museum on Liberation Route Europe.