Stedelijk Museum Breda is the museum for the city’s heritage and history and for contemporary visual culture. It was created by a merger of Breda’s Museum and the Museum of the Image (MOTI).
The history of Stedelijk Museum Breda dates back to 1903, when the first city museum was established. Since that time, it has built up a rich and varied collection, focussing on developments in and around the city. There are sub-collections on themes like religion, the army and industry. The museum also has an extensive visual arts collection and collections of graphic design and digital visual culture.
The collections managed by Stedelijk Museum Breda include:
- ’t Armkinderhuys en het Arme Weeshuys der Kercken Foundation Collection
This collection shows what Breda’s orphanages were like in the seventeenth century.
- Jean Bergé Collection
This collection of photographs, historical maps and clothes was put together by Jean Bergé, owner of a famous fashion shop in Breda.
- Bisschoppelijk Museum Foundation Collection
This collection contains objects from churches and convents of the diocese of Breda, extending from West-Brabant to Zeeland, supplemented by acquisitions and bequests.
- Breda Municipal Collection
This collection consists of objects and works of art depicting the history of Breda.
- Hamers IJsebrand Foundation Collection
The relics, devotional items and other religious objects in this collection are an important addition to the museum’s collection of religious art and culture.
- Inbev Nederland BV Collection
The objects and advertising material in this collection document Breda’s brewing industry.
- MOTI Collection
The collection originated in the Graphic Design Museum. Focussing initially on graphic design, the collection moved in the direction of contemporary digital art. In this area, we work together with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
- Niels Steenbergen Foundation Collection
In addition to work by the artist Niels Steenbergen, this collection contains a large number of works by his contemporaries from the Bredase Kunstkring artists’ group on loan to the museum.
- Friends of Stedelijk Museum Breda Association Collection
The Friends of Stedelijk Museum Breda Association collects objects and works of art relating to the heritage of Breda and the Baronie, the historic land surrounding the city, of which Breda was the capital.
We work together with the Breda city archives to develop and manage the Breda Collection.
The museum is working on digitising its collections and making them more accessible. Researchers and the public can access the parts of the collections that have been digitised through the Thuis in Brabant website.