Collection pavilion

In the new collection pavilion, you can (re)discover hidden works of art from the collection of Middelheim Museum. It is designed as an open depot with a functional, changeable layout where the public can become acquainted with unknown or lesser-known works of art from the museum’s collection.


Visit the collection pavilion

Because of the security measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, you must reserve a free ticket online.

Book your ticket here

  • Respect the time slot stated on your ticket. You enter the collection pavilion at the start of the time slot. Visitors spend an average of 60 minutes in the collection pavilion, but you can set your own pace.
  • Visitors must wear a face mask. This does not apply to children under 12 or to people who cannot wear a face mask for medical reasons.
  • Follow the established route and maintain the 1.5 m distance from other people.
  • Wear bags and backpacks on your front.
  • Do not return paper plans after your visit.
  • Do not wait at the exit.

Make your visit to the collection pavilion as contactless as possible. You can consult these tools on your smartphone:

Download the floor plan (pdf) here.


Why a new collection pavilion?

Today, Middelheim Museum is best known for its outdoor collection in the art park. But there is also a hidden collection: just over 80% of the works of art are stored in depots, inaccessible to visitors. These works are less suitable, or sometimes unsuitable, for presentation in the park, but they have been acquired by the museum in accordance with its original mission: to provide an international overview of modern sculpture, from its great precursors at the end of the nineteenth century to the present. There are also supporting collections with models, drawings and prints, media art and photography. And there are sculptures that were meant for display outdoors but turned out to be more suitable for indoors.


Middelheim Museum unpacks

Because the existing pavilions in the park do not offer the right storage conditions for presenting these often vulnerable works for a long period of time, and because the museum wants to offer maximum access to the collections in all their diversity, it has transformed one such closed repository into an open depot. There, an initial and often surprising selection of artworks has been unpacked for the public. The museum invites the visitor to become acquainted with this “sleeping” collection and continue to discover its new perspectives in the future. 

The story of the new collection pavilion is multifaceted. Read more about the pavilion itself, the depot collections, how the artworks were selected and the first individual artwork in focus. 

Stéphane Beel’s closed depot building was converted into a public space that strengthens the relationship between art, architecture and nature.
Middelheim Museum has collected many works that are not suited to or are less suitable for presentation in the park and therefore remain largely hidden.
The artworks in the collection pavilion were selected not only for their art-historical value, but on the basis of seven different criteria.
Mensen in het collectiepaviljoen
Twice a year, Middelheim Museum focuses on a different work from the collection pavilion, illuminating it more fully and exploring it from all sides.
On view
Focus presentation
Saturday 26 September 2020 - Sunday 21 February 2021 from 10:00 to 17:00
Individual visitors
Berlinde De Bruyckere shares her quest as an artist with us. Starting from preparatory sketches, photos and drawings for her Middelheim exhibition in 1995, she takes us along in her thought process.