Kempenmuseum De Acht Zaligheden

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Visit Kempenmuseum de Acht Zaligheden and discover how the life of the impoverished Kempish smallholder has changed over the last 100 years. From smuggler to cigar maker to entrepreneur in the smartest region of the Netherlands. "A remarkable museum that links the past and present, both inside and outside. It's far more than a local museum," explains one enthusiastic visitor. Discover, delve, play and have fun at this interesting museum located just to the south-west of Eindhoven in the beautiful Kempen landscape. Voted the best day out in North Brabant by the ANWB and winner of the Museum Quarter Award in 2018.

Ingenuity
Discover how Kempish people lived and wor…

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Visit Kempenmuseum de Acht Zaligheden and discover how the life of the impoverished Kempish smallholder has changed over the last 100 years. From smuggler to cigar maker to entrepreneur in the smartest region of the Netherlands. "A remarkable museum that links the past and present, both inside and outside. It's far more than a local museum," explains one enthusiastic visitor. Discover, delve, play and have fun at this interesting museum located just to the south-west of Eindhoven in the beautiful Kempen landscape. Voted the best day out in North Brabant by the ANWB and winner of the Museum Quarter Award in 2018.

Ingenuity
Discover how Kempish people lived and worked in an era during which farmers and peasants had barely enough to survive on out on the sparse moorlands. An era during which rapid industrial development spurred them into creativity. The museum demonstrates how the region overcame these difficult times to become one of the world's smartest regions through innovation and collaboration.

A place to enjoy
Situated on the cycle hub network, the museum is popular amongst cyclists and hikers, culture seekers, bus groups and (grand)parents with children. Fully accessible to disabled persons, the museum also offers spoken texts for the blind and partially sighted, and written texts for the deaf and hard of hearing, giving everyone the opportunity to immerse themselves in the lively history of this remarkable area of Brabant. Outside, you can enjoy the scents of the fragrant herb and flower garden and garden of forgotten vegetables, which are situated amongst an orchard of ancient apple trees. The location also boasts a collection of art.

Creative nostalgia
Groups can take advantage of a number of interactive packages to help them discover the museum and its surroundings, including the "Smokkelwandeling" (Smugglers' Hike) and "Goed Geboerd" (Good Farming). The "Smokkelroute" (Smugglers' Route) bus tour transports you back to the times of "Romantic Crime", plus there's also the cross-border "Teuten en Landlopersroute" (Travelling Traders and Vagrants Tour) and "Kerken en Kapellekesroute" (Churches and Chapels Tour) that take you through Brabant's Kempen region. The museum quest is ideal for families and company outings. As one enthusiastic guest concluded, "It is a surprising and informative museum, for young people too."

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Opening times

  • every Mondayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Tuesdayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Wednesdayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Thursdayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Fridayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Saturdayfrom 13:00 to 17:00
  • every Sundayfrom 13:00 to 17:00
  • Closed on saturdays in November, December, January and February. Visits on request possible.