The Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch has been presenting design to the public through exceptional and successful exhibitions ever since the 1980s. We have assembled unique ceramic and jewellery collections, with an ongoing and in-depth focus on the applied arts. Dutch designers such as Bart Hess, Wieki Somers, Maarten Baas and Scholten & Baijings, as well as international figures like Ettore Sottsass have all showed their work here.
In 2018, we adopted a new name to fit this profile more closely, Design Museum Den Bosch. It means the public knows what to expect, while emphasizing that design is at the heart of this museum.
And more than that too, because the Design Museum Den Bosch looks further than individual designs: we also highlight the influence of design on our daily lives and tell the story that lies behind it. We explore the cultural significance and role of design historically, today and in the future.
Since 2018, the institution has operated as the Design Museum Den Bosch, with the mission of highlighting, discussing and exploiting the cultural significance of design. We achieve this by collecting and presenting 20th and 21st-century design objects and linking the history, current status and future orientation of design as a discipline.
The museum is interested in the cultural debate around design and the key place it occupies in society. Our ceramic and jewellery collections will continue to be expanded – retrospectively too. A new collection focus at the Design Museum Den Bosch since 2017 has been ‘Post-Human’.
The Design Museum Den Bosch organizes eight to ten exhibitions and presentations a year, systematically accompanied by a programme of lectures, discussion sessions and film screenings. The museum boasts exhibition spaces of varying size. Room 1 offers a large area of 700 m²; Room 2 is a medium-sized daylight exhibition space (450 m²); and Room 3 is a small presentation space. We have a substantial, dedicated storage depot in the basement and also rent off-site storage facilities. The Design Museum Den Bosch has an eighty-seat auditorium, an educational studio, a restaurant, a large shop and a brasserie.