Museum Klok & Peel Asten

On April 24, 2012 Her Majesty the Queen opened the renovated Klok & Peel Museum Asten. What began as a museum with two separate collections is now a coherent whole with an allure that goes beyond the region.

The museum has undergone a total change. It now has ample
room for the two unique collections of the museum to
explore their full potential.
The museum hosts the largest collection of bells and carillons in the world, as well as an overview of the natural and cultural history of the Peel. The ties between the museum and Asten town are not accidental. Asten has long been the centre of the bell-founding industry in the Netherlands and
Flanders. Bell foundry Royal Eijsbouts was established in Asten in 1872. Moreover, Asten is part of the Peel region, an area known for its exceptional scenic quality and cultural history.

The bells and chimes collection is of international significance. A world-wide collection of masterpieces from all over Europe, but also from Asia, and in particular from China. Worth mentioning are also the many important Dutch bells from the Rijksmuseum and the Museum Boerhaave which are to be admired in the Klok & Peel Museum.

The natural history collection of the Peel covers a wide spectrum of
compilations and objects from the entire former peatland of East Brabant and Central Limburg. Flora and fauna, and prehistoric fossils, including a mammoth skeleton, are part of the collection.

The social museum
The museum offers work to 40 people in the context of social employment and reintegration. That the museum ‘lives’ in the local area, is evidenced by the fact that as many as 150 volunteers are active for the museum.

Greenest museum in the Netherlands
In the ecology field, the museum’s ambitions are challenging. Parts of the recent renewal are the groundwater reusing project, the green sedum roofs, a thermal storage system (heat and cold) and savings on electricity and LED lighting. When the museum in the near future will also produce its own electricity, Klok & Peel will be the greenest museum in the Netherlands.

A contemporary perception of a glorious past
Klok & Peel, two worlds in harmony. In a modern environment that leads people of all ages from new to old, and from old to new. A visit to the new museum gives the best of all times: the living perception of a glorious past.

Practical Information

Day From Till
Sunday 13:00 17:00
Monday 13:00 17:00
Tuesday 09:30 17:00
Wednesday 09:30 17:00
Thursday 09:30 17:00
Friday 09:30 17:00
Saturday 13:00 17:00