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“But a succesfull visit is heavily depending on special expos”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Drents Museum

Drents Museum
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Assen
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“But a succesfull visit is heavily depending on special expos”
Reviewed May 25, 2014

As stated above, a visit to the Drents museum can be worthwhile, but depends very much on the special expos that the (succesfully) organize. My visit was to the Mummy-expo, which was well organized, interesting and accompanied by english texts as well. Showing a wide collection from different museums and collections of mummies dating back to the Egyptian kingdoms, but also from South America, Asia and Europe (incl the Netherlands peat-bog bodies). Furthermore the (modern) bulding itself is an interesting addition to the townand I also enjoyed the Original part which used to be the seat of the provincial government. However, just a visit to the permanent collection would probably only be interesting for local people and is not really worth the detour.

Visited May 2014
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Unexpected beauty both inside and outside”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

The outside it is a historical building, the inside it is modern architecture. Only recently they have lifted the part of the building up, constructed this beautiful basement and put the building back on the same place. But then only a meter higher so the sunlight can come in.
The museum manages to get outstanding collections in: the dead sea scrolls were a recent highlight. Currently they display mummies from over the whole world. They also claim to have the oldest preserved canoe in the world.

Visited February 2014
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Impressive special subjects, and a bit of everything”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

The Drentse Museum in the last few years has managed to arrange a couple of stunningly impressive special exhibitions - the Terracotta soldiers from China, the Russian Communist art (advertised by the big Lenin statue at the Assen canal) and now until January 5th, the Dead Sea Scrolls. People come in droves from everywhere for these special exhibitions and it can be very busy (as it was today, with large queues outside and and long queues inside). If you buy an e-ticket on their website, you can at least skip the outside line by heading for the front, which is accepted by the staff.

They are in a new mostly undeground building, and an old 1850s building, joined together by an underground walkway below the street level which is also the museum shop. They have a Cafe inside (Grand Cafe Krul) which serves rather good drinks and food.

Otherwise it has a bunch of nice and varying exhibits, a bit of everything really, e.g. modern figurative paintings (very good!), turn of the 20th century furniture and pots and pans, and an archeological exhibit with some of the Drenthe finds of course.

Overall quite worth a visit, very good regional museum.

Visited December 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Good exhibits, no English translation for permanent exhibits”
Reviewed December 11, 2013

Visited the museum and really enjoyed it. We were there during the Dead Sea Scrolls traveling exhibit and that was fantastic! Lots of context and history surrounding the scrolls including many more artifacts than just the scrolls. The area discussing how they learn about the scrolls was particularly interesting. The booklets (in English) about the Scrolls contained information not on the placards (also in English). However, when we went into the other part of the museum (permanent exhibits), there were no English translations at all. We speak no Dutch, but we had heard about the people preserved in the bog and the oldest canoe, so we had been exited about this section. It was unfortunate that we didn't understand any of the stories that were so well displayed. Still a beautiful museum, but it would have felt a bit more worth the money if other things had been in English as well. When we asked at the ticket counter (before paying 15 euro), they said things were translated into English in the museum. They meant the main exhibit and not the permanent one. We still found it worthwhile, but it depends on what you're hoping to see. They have lockers for bags/coats/etc. for a 1 euro deposit (you get it back) which made it nice to wander the museum unhindered.

Visited December 2013
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“A charming sequence of exhibitions”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

We were a bit early, the rain was pouring down and the museum opened its doors a couple of minutes late; not a brilliant start of the visit. Don't bother to obtain tickets on-line; you have to join the queue at the ticket counter just the same in order to get your print-out scanned. First to the Dead Sea scrolls exhibition in the modern part of the museum. The traveling exhibition of the Dead Sea scrolls gives of course only a glimpse of the actual finds, but it is interesting to see real pieces of the scrolls.. Interesting was the room with explanation of the materials used for the scrolls; the production of the high quality ink was enlightening. However, I think this exhibition is more for the connoisseur, which I am not. Leaving this part of the museum, you are guided into the "old" part of the museum, inside the heritage building at the "Brink", which oldest parts hail from the Middle Ages, as part of a monastery. In this part you can view exhibitions concerning archaeological finds in Drenthe and reconstructions how people would have lived in the different archaeological periods. There was also an exhibition of contemporary art. This exhibition we skipped in favor of what, in my opinion, is the "piece de resistance" of the museum, the restored rooms and passageways of the heritage building. (See pictures) Here we dwelt to look at the reconstructions of the rooms as it was in earlier times. One room was dedicated to Louis Napoleon, who granted Assen city rights in that very room. One last remark. We avoided the "Grandcafé Krul". It was overcrowded and smelled of overworked frying oil. Just outside the museum is the center of Assen with numerous cafés and eateries to choose from.

Visited October 2013
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