Museum Belvédère is located in the leafy Oranjewoud. The sleek museum building was designed by Eerde Schippers of Inbo architects from Heerenveen. The relief in the facade subtly refers to the parceled meadow landscape.
The building is built across the water in the Prinsenwijk, which was constructed as a Grand Canal in the eighteenth century by the (garden) architect Daniël Marot. In 2004, landscape architect Michael van Gessel modernized the rural area.
This makes the Museum Park Landgoed Oranjewoud a contemporary version of the old Baroque garden. The promenades have been restored on both sides of the Grand Canal, and coppice lots surrounded by water have been added. The area has an ecological wealth with various riparian biotopes. Maintenance is in the hands of Staatsbosbeheer.
The park is characterized by a sober simplicity, where peace and space reign supreme. A visit to the museum can easily be combined with a walk through the modern Museum Park or a longer walk through the woods of Oranjewoud, where you can also climb the Belvédère (lookout tower).
Tip: you can order a picnic basket from us and take it with you on location!
A small presentation with various works by Jan Mankes (1889-1920) can be seen in the entrance area of Huize Oranjewoud, a 15-minute walk from Museum Belvédère. In addition to a small number of paintings and drawings, the presentation includes etchings and woodcuts, as well as the associated woodblocks and etching plates. The works were purchased from the heirs of Jan Mankes, among others, and belong to the art collection of Stichting FB Oranjewoud (the former Friesland Bank collection).
The presentation can only be viewed by appointment on Thursdays between 2 pm and 4 pm. You can register by email with Landgoed Oranjewoud up to 24 hours before the start of your desired date and time.
The estate is also accessible by car, a few minutes' drive from Museum Belvédère.
This handy booklet contains information about two estate walks, both of which start in Museum Belvédère. One walk takes you over the historic Oranjewoud Estate, the other takes you to the special new-build district of Skoatterwâld. In the booklet, both walks are provided with a clear route map, a time indication, extensive background information and inviting visual material.
The publication costs only € 4.95 and is available in the museum shop.
Would you like to know more about the Museum Park? An experienced tour guide from Staatsbosbeheer will be happy to inform you about what grows, blooms and lives in this area. A tour lasts just over an hour and costs € 65. The maximum number of participants is twenty people.