The Dolhuys is temporarily closed due to renovation.


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The museum of the mind


From the first of April 2019 we will close our doors for approximately one year. We look forward to welcoming you to the renovated and renewed Dolhuys in 2020.

The Dolhuys location in the Hermitage Amsterdam; the Outsider Art Museum, can still be visited. Until the end of August you will find yourself in a Parisian atmosphere, with the exhibition ‘Art Brut’. This exhibition is followed by a retrospective on the famous Dutch outsider artist Willem van Genk.

The Dolhuys

In this historical building, you will get to peek inside the minds of artists, writers and scientists, sometimes with a disability or mental illness. You will meet people who function differently. Loners like Vincent van Gogh, who lived his life in a battle with himself and the rest of the world but who enriched us with his art. Other people that you will meet are the poet Gerrit Achterberg, the writer Myrthe van der Meer, the artists Anton Heijboer and Edvard Munch. You will also meet Willem van Genk, this country’s best known outsider artist. Was madness the source of his success? Be inspired by the surprising stories about their lives and be aware of the value of deviant behavior. Visit, meet and allow yourself to wonder about what is normal. Are you normal?

A historical building

The Dolhuys is situated in a unique medieval building: the former lepers-, plague and madhouse. For years the building lay outside the city walls of Haarlem, sheltering the ‘insane’ and people with contagious diseases such as plague and leprosy. Go back in time and visit one of the very few remaining isolation chambers in Europe, dating from the 16th century. What does it feel like to be locked away in such a dark and confided space?


Het Dolhuys en het Outsider Art Museum gaan vanaf deze zomer samen onder één naam:

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Het Museum van de Geest heeft twee vestigingen; één in Haarlem en één in Amsterdam. In Haarlem ontdek je op een interactieve manier meer over je eigen geest én die van anderen. In Amsterdam zijn tentoonstellingen te zien met outsider art, waarin kunstenaars hun fantasierijke innerlijke wereld tonen.