When you hear the name ‘Cobra Museum’ for the first time, you probably think of a museum filled with cobras! Well, the Cobra Museum doesn’t have anything to do with those highly venomous snakes. The Cobra Museum of Modern Art Amstelveen is a museum for modern and contemporary art in the small Dutch town of Amstelveen. The museum contains an extensive collection of art by Dutch modern artists, especially members of the Cobra movement. The Museum has been in existence since 1995 and is home to the heritage of the founding members of the Cobra movement. Cobra was the most important international avant-garde movement in European art after the Second World War. The Cobra movement only lasted for 3 years, from 1948 to 1951 and the museum houses art from this time, and some much more newer artworks from different artists all over the Netherlands and other parts of the world.
In 1948, just three years after the devastating Second World War, a group of artists from Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands went to an international conference on surrealism in Paris. Not satisfied with the theoretical approach to art, the Belgian poet Christian Dotremont decided to form a new group of renegade artists. Christian wanted a group that would promote a more radical and experimental form of art. He was joined by artists such as Asger Jorn and Karel Appel (amongst others). They signed an agreement in November 1948, marking the birth of CoBrA, an acronym for COpenhagen, BRussels and Amsterdam. It was the first post-war collaboration of European artists as the members shared a desire for a new and free form of art. Unfortunately, CoBrA’s existence wasn’t a long one. The movement flourished only from 1948 to 1951. Their creative output was enormous and produced a large number of artworks. The member artists differed in stylistic elements, but their unique works of art nevertheless left a colourful impression in a world that was trying to rebuild after a ruinous war. CoBrA experimented with different techniques and materials and played a pivotal role in steering European art in a new direction after the war.
The CoBrA artworks currently at the Cobra museum are known to have that wow effect on visitors. The members of CoBrA consciously aimed for spontaneous expression and to achieve a kind of directness in their art, they turned to the creative works of children and mentally disabled people. There is a children’s section where the beautiful artworks of highly creative children are on display for all to see and enjoy. The infant creativity is astonishing. There is also non-Western art forms, such as folk art, tribal art and different forms of Scandinavian primitive art.
The legacy of the Cobra movement comes to life in the Cobra Museum. The collection of art in this museum consists of a large number of works in various shapes, sizes and media. The collection includes masterpieces by Cobra artists such as Karel Appel, Corneille, Asger Jorn and Lucebert. These are shown in changing presentations alongside alternating exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. You can admire paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, magazines, films and even letters from CoBrA members. The CoBrA movement provided a breakthrough in modern art, which has a major influence on current art and theories surrounding art in Europe. Learn all about this special movement in the CoBrA museum in Amstelveen and don’t forget to order your tickets here.
Our Cobra Museum Photo Impression
The Cobra Museums remains one of the most creative spaces in Amstelveen and the Netherlands. We paid a visit to the museum and have taken some pictures in order to show you what the Cobra Museum is all about. Don’t forget to order your tickets on our website and also let us drop your reviews in the review section.
The Cobra Museum has a very wonderful children’s section. The museum has always been inspired by the innocence and creativity of children’s artworks and also provides the space for the little ones to create these artworks as well as display them.
Opening hours Cobra Museum
The Cobra Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00. The museum is closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and King’s Day.
|Tuesday – Sunday||11:00 – 17:00|
|December 25, January 1 and Kings’ Day||Closed|
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Cobra Museum ticket prices
Tickets are available at the entrance of the Cobra Museum. The regular admission price at the entrance is €12,-. You can buy your tickets at the cash desk or you can buy the tickets online right here (via the blue bar). If you’re interested in any of the lectures, performances etc. taking place at the museum, we recommend you check out the info on the museum’s official website and order your tickets well in advance so that you are sure that you’re sure of a spot.
Note: The Cobra Museum is free for visitors with a Museum Card.
Regular entrance prices
|Children 6-18||€ 7,50|
|Groups (children) 6-18||€ 3,75|
Address, contact information and route to the brewery
The Cobra Museum of Modern Art is located in a modern place in a modern city. It is therefore easy to reach by bike, car and public transport. The Cobra Museum is half an hour’s bike from the centre of Amsterdam.
The fast route: from Amsterdam you cycle towards the Olympic stadium. From there you follow the Amstelveenseweg, under the ring road and now always straight ahead until you see the museum on your left in Amstelveen. +31 (0)20 547 5050
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Cobra Museum is easily accessible from all parts of Amsterdam and the Netherlands. Easiest ways would be via public transport.
From Amsterdam Central Station:
- Take the north-south line metro to Station Zuid. This leaves every 6 minutes and from Station Zuid take the bus line 242 line or 348. These stop at the Amstelveen bus station. From the Amstelveen bus station, you only have to walk 1-minute to the museum.
From Amsterdam Leidseplein:
From the Amsterdam Leidseplein, you take bus line 347 or 357 (at the stop Leidseplein Stadhouderskade next to the entrance of the Vondelpark). These buses also stop at the Amstelveen bus station.
Another option is to take tram 5 (with stops at Amsterdam West, Marnixplein, Leidseplein and Museumplein) to the final stop Amstelveen. From there it is about 10 minutes walk to the museum.
From Amsterdam Museumplein:
From the Museumplein, you take bus number 347 or 357. These also stop at the bus station of Amstelveen.
From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport:
Bus 300 can be taken from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport bus station. The bus takes you from the station to the Cobra Museum in 18 minutes. Get off at the Amstelveen bus station and from there it is a three-minute walk to the museum.
From Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena (Ajax Stadium):
Bus 300 and bus 356 can be taken from Bijlmer Arena station. These fast buses take you from this station in 15 minutes to the Cobra Museum. Get off at the Amstelveen bus station. From there it is a three-minute walk to the museum.
With the widget below you can find accurate advice for the real-time travel times based on your current location. This application will help you when you are not sure which bus or tram you can take from your location.
Cobra Museum FAQ
Can I visit the Cobra Museum in a wheelchair?
Yes, the museum is wheelchair accessible. Make sure to call the museum in advance if you’re planning on visiting in a wheelchair.
Is the museum child-friendly?
Yes, the museum is very child-friendly and even has a section dedicated to children. Children under 18 can be brought under adult supervision.
Do I get a discount when I buy tickets for a group?
Yes, a group ticket for kids from 6-18 years is € 3,75- per ticket instead of € 7,50-. The number of kids must be more than 15 in order to get the discount. Adults pay € 90 for a maximum of 20 persons. For more information, see the museum’s official website.
Are pets allowed in the museum?
No, pets are not allowed in the museum.
How much time do I need for a complete tour of the museum?
Visitors are allowed to stay for as long as they want. Some more lovers of art like taking their time during the tour of the museum.
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