The collection

The collection

Ranging from paintings, gold and silver and clothes from days gone by to contemporary visual art: the museum has a collection of more than 75,000 items.

If you would like to know more about our historical collection, visit to view it online. Click here


The Civic Museum of History and Antiquities in Breda opened in 1903. Its focus was the history of the town. The collection of the Bishops’ Museum was added to the museum’s collection in 1932, and in the years that followed several more institutions, private owners and artists from the region transferred the items in their possession or stewardship to the museum.

Since 2017 Stedelijk Museum Breda has been housed in the old hospital, bringing the world of Breda past and present to life in its permanent exhibits and temporary exhibitions.

Loan requests

Loan requests must be submitted six months prior to the desired starting date. Email with an exhibition plan and facility report.


If you wish to request an image of an item in the collection, email, detailing the reason for the request and the object number of the image.

Contemporary art

Stedelijk Museum Breda’s contemporary art collection (1960 – present day) consists of some 800 artworks. The artists all have a link to Breda. They were either born here, have studied, lived or worked here (or still do so), or have made work featuring the town and its residents. The pieces highlighted here represent a cross-section in terms of period and type of work.