As one of the five Van Gogh heritage locations in Brabant, Vincent’s Art Room offers a unique view of the room in which the perhaps most famous person to come from Brabant, Vincent van Gogh, received his first serious art lessons. The art room of Van Gogh’s teacher Constant Cornelis Huijsmans, located in King Willem II’s former town palace, has been fully reconstructed, so that you can experience how 13-year-old Vincent developed his artistic talents. You can also discover your own talent in the modern digital art room, where you can create your own work or art and which hosts workshops and masterclasses for all ages.
Ideal location in centre of Tilburg
Go back to September 1866 and follow the path that young Vincent would walk every day from his boarding house on the St. Annaplein-square to his school, the Rijks-HBS. The museum is located in the centre of Tilburg at walking distance from the central station and two multi-storey car parks. It is perfect for combining with a day of shopping, or you can visit one of the other museums nearby, such as De Pont, Natuurmuseum Brabant or the TextielMuseum. The new creative centre, the Tilburgse Spoorzone, is also located a stone’s throw away from Vincent’s old school.
Together, the five heritage locations in Brabant tell the story of Van Gogh’s youth, up to the moment that he moved to Paris. At his school, the Rijks-HBS, he made his first drawing of two farmers, leaning on a shovel. His youth in Brabant gave him a great love for the countryside and rural life: themes that come back in many of Van Gogh’s works.
“A fun outing for the children”
Vincent’s Art Room offers a very educational look into Vincent’s young life as a budding artist. Our staff also give tours and explanations in English. Our young guests’ appreciation for this is clear from the following piece of feedback: “The member of staff took the initiative to explain everything to us and the children were just enthralled.”
Come and discover for yourself how Vincent took his first creative steps..!