When it comes to inspiring meetings, the meeting environment has a major impact on how attendees feel and how creative they behave. For centuries people have been inspired greatly by beautiful and creative works of art. Fortunately, Holland has a rich history of famous painters and artists, such as, to mention just a few, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Mondriaan, Karel Appel, Jan Cremer, Gerrit Rietveld, Erwin Olaf and Anton Corbijn.
Many internationally renowned museums form an excellent backdrop for your meeting or event, such as the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Kröller-Müller Museum, Maritime Museum, Frans Hals Museum, Mauritshuis and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
Holland boasts many more inspiring art galleries, museums and other art venues that are lesser known to international meeting planners. These gems may very well be the ideal setting for your next meeting, cocktail reception or private dinner. Mr. Holland shares some of his favorites:
10. Escher in het Paleis - The Hague
Escher in het Paleis is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the world-famous artist M.C. Escher, whose art surprised millions of people all over the world. The collection is housed in the former Winter Palace of Queen Mother Emma of the Netherlands. The Palace was officially used by the royal family until 1990. It is the only public building in The Hague in which the original royal ambience of a palace has been preserved. Highlight of a visit and the jewel in the exhibition’s crown is the seven-meter-long Metamorphosis III. This enormous woodcut and the non-conventional way of displaying it allows the visitor to experience Escher combining time and space as an organic unity.
Escher in the Palace is a beautiful, inspiring and very special venue, available for exclusive meetings, receptions and dinners. Before, during and after your event, your guests can get to know the world of Escher.
9. Beeld en Geluid - Hilversum (The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision)
The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision is a cultural-historical organization that collects, preserves and makes accessible the audio-visual heritage of Holland. The collection contains more than 750,000 hours of television, radio, music and film from 1898 until today. Both mainstream and artworks are kept here.
The Experience is an interactive exhibit that showcases the wonderful world of television. Visitors can read the news, be a real star on stage, act in a soap opera and can take a peek behind the scenes.
In addition, Beeld en Geluid is a spectacular meeting and event venue, that guarantees a unique and inspirational setting. Suitable for meetings for up to 200 people and receptions for up to 450 guests.
8. Singer - Laren
Singer Laren is located on the edge of the picturesque village of Laren. The Singer Memorial Foundation is a private institution, established in 1954 at the initiative of Mrs. Anna Spencer-Brugh, widow of the American painter William Henry Singer Jr. The foundation manages the Singers' legacy, which consists of a large collection of artworks, a museum, a theater, and their former residence with sculpture garden, Villa De Wilde Zwanen.
The concert hall has developed into a modern theater and offers a range of performing arts. In addition, Singer Laren's unique venue and setting lend themselves to intimate and exclusive receptions for both business and private parties. Combine the 400-seat theatre with the unique and stylish atmosphere of the Orangerie, Garden Room and foyers and - weather permitting - the wonderful sculpture garden.
7. Louwman Museum - The Hague
Not everyone will automatically consider cars and carriages art. However, the collection of over 230 classics that is housed in the museum, may be called a special art collection, given the many gems that have been brought together here. It is the oldest private collection of automobiles in the world that is open to the public. The Louwman Museum was designated the 'most popular attraction in The Hague' by TripAdvisor.
Are you looking for a spectacular venue for your meeting, presentation or event? Your guests will be welcomed warmly upon entering the Great Hall and they can explore the various rooms of the museum, such as the Library, the Henry Ford room, the Shoichiro Toyoda room, the Jacobus Spijker room, and the Walter Owen Bentley boardroom. For meetings and events from eight up to 1000 guests.
6. Lantarenvenster - Rotterdam
Art definitely includes music. Millions worldwide are inspired by various styles of music every single day, and no other venue manifests music like the Lantarenvenster (the lantern window) in the trendy Kop van Zuid/Wilhelminapier quarter in Rotterdam.
LantarenVenster is renowned at home and abroad for its versatile film en jazz programming. It is no widely known that the venue’s six rooms and foyers may be exclusively yours for conferences, meetings and events. The modern building is the main ingredient for a memorable experience.
5. Walls Gallery – Amsterdam
Walls Gallery is a unique platform for young artists in the center of Amsterdam, close to the art district. The gallery was founded in 2002, and it has created a stir in the art world since because of its unconventional approach.
Located in an old garage, Walls organizes six to eight exhibitions per year, presenting a dynamic mix of contemporary art. Walls Gallery also represents a number of young, promising Dutch artists. In the back of the gallery is a concept store, showcasing interior design, fashion, and illustrations by the next generation of Dutch designers.
The 100m²-large gallery doubles as a unique and exclusive space for meetings, receptions and memorable private dinners. Arrive by car, bus, tram, or even boat at this modern setting, where the works of art create an inspiring and creative setting for your event.
4. Teylers Museum - Haarlem
Teylers Museum is Holland's first and oldest museum, open to the public since 1784. A visit to Teylers Museum is a like voyage through time, a voyage of discovery in the world of art and science. A stroll through the museum takes you from fossils and minerals to prints and drawings and paintings, from scientific instruments to coins and medals.
Join famous visitors from the past, such as Napoleon and Albert Einstein, when you meet in this historical, incomparable setting. A meeting with a small group in the 'Grote Herenkamer', or a conference for up to 150 in the 'Gehoorzaal', combined with your breaks or reception in the museum rooms, will be a great success.
3. Art Centre – Delft
The combined dreams of an artist and a builder to create a place for showcasing international art and accommodating educational projects, resulted in the Art Centre Delft. This house in which art, nature and hospitality go hand in hand is also a perfect backdrop for trainings, meetings and events.
A relaxed environment that allows for informal consultations under the apple tree, a conference for up to 200, or an intensive discussion on Philosophers Island. The Atelier (studio), the Tea House, the Gallery and the 1st floor, along with a very welcoming staff that takes care of everything, are available if you want sessions with results!
2. Atelier de Werkvloer - Utrecht
Atelier de Werkvloer (Studio the Workplace) is situated in the museum quarter in the historic center of Utrecht. The studio consists of a large, stylish exhibit area. Both owners are oil on canvas painters who also work in the studio.
They draw inspiration from organizing activities in the studio where people meet and learn from one another. The energy from these encounters results in new inspiration. They organize painting workshops for groups. If you do not have any creative ambitions, the owners will let you enjoy the attractive surroundings and a 'creative' lunch or dinner. The studio is a wonderful setting for your meeting or brainstorming session.
1. Sonnenborgh Museum & Sterrenwacht - Utrecht
Behind the thick walls of the 16th-century Bastion Sonnenborgh you will discover cannon emplacements, an old well, and an old chemistry laboratory. Climb the stairs up to the 19th-century telescope domes and you are set for some excellent stargazing. The observatory and meteorological institute were established in 1854 on top of the old Sonnenborgh bastion which dates back to 1552. Sonnenborgh is the best preserved of all the bastions in Utrecht, even compared with other North European bastions. Sonnenborgh is the oldest cupola observatory in Holland, with its four large telescopes to study the universe.
Sonnenborgh is a stylish and surprising location that welcomes your guests for a meeting, conference or event. The 19th-century lecture hall, the impressive fully-covered courtyard, and the library of the observatory provide an intimate setting. The ambiance of Sonnenborgh gives an extra dimension to each meeting, and your delegates will have access to the gallery of the bastion, as well as the museum and observatory.