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Drents Museum

The Drents Museum in Assen has been a household name in Drenthe for more than 150 years. It's a leading museum that annually organizes high-profile and successful exhibitions on archeology, figurative art and Art Nouveau/Art Deco. The museum has a large permanent collection about the prehistory of the province of Drenthe with permanent and temporary exhibitions. There are also bog bodies on display, such as the girl from Yde and the pair from Weerdinge. Finds from the Funnel Beaker culture can be found, and the oldest boat in the world, the Canoe of Pesse, can also be found in the museum. The museum also has a permanent collection of figurative art. The specially furnished period rooms in the Receivers House show how wealthy Drenthe families lived in previous centuries. In the garden at the rear of the museum is the bronze statue of Bartje.

  • Viva la Frida!

    The Mexican Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is without a doubt one of the best known and most beloved artists in the world. Her impressive works of art, striking appearance, turbulent life and special lifestyle make Kahlo a worldwide icon and cult figure. From October 8, 2021 to March 27, 2022, the Drents Museum will be devoted to this special artist during the exhibition Viva la Frida! - Life and art of Frida Kahlo.

  • Under the spell of the Ararat

    Although the Ararat is not in Armenia, this famous sacred mountain and the smallest republic of the South Caucasus are inextricably linked. In the spring of 2021, Armenia & Ararat will star in the exhibition Under the spell of the Ararat - Treasures of Ancient Armenia. Beautiful objects from the History Museum of Armenia in Yerevan and a unique relic of Noah's Ark are coming to Assen. Relic Ark of Noah to Assen One of the highlights of the exhibition is a relic of Noah's Ark. This wood fragment of the ark is said to have been found by Saint James of Nisibis in the 4th century AD at the foot of the Ararat. The relic is kept in the oldest cathedral in the world, the Echmiadzin Cathedral in Armenia. Together with the approximately 170 precious archaeological objects, the relic can be admired in the exhibition Under the spell of the Ararat.
  • Drenthe bog bodies

    The Yde girl can be seen again in her trusted place in the Drents Museum. Due to the expansion of the cafe, they couldn't show her for a while. By popular request, she is temporarily back. In addition to the Yde girl, a few other bog bodies from the museum's collection can also be admired. As well as the reconstruction of the head of 'our girl'. Special finds The prehistoric bog bodies are masterpieces from the museum's archeology collection. These people were left behind in the Drenthe peat during the Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman times. Often these corpses show signs of violence, indicating that most of these people were not lost or killed, but were killed and then deliberately placed in the bog, presumably as a sacrifice to the gods.

Children's Museum

The Drents Museum has a Children's Museum Full of Energy especially for children between 6 and 12 years old! In this interactive Children's Museum, which was developed in collaboration with the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM), children learn about the use of energy in a playful way.