Museum Het Valkhof
The Valkhof Museum is situated in the town's centre, at the edge of the historic Valkhofpark. This was once the site of a Roman encampment. Emperor Charlemagne (Charles the Great) later built a fortress on this site. Today itís an exciting modern location for art and culture designed by Dutch architect Ben van Berkel (of UNStudio), famous for his Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam. The museum brings together 3 different collections: archaeology, fine art & history and modern art. It houses a large collection of Roman artefacts plus an unusual display of modern art and older works telling visitors all about the cityís dynamic and eventful history. An imposing staircase leads to the exhibition floor with its light, airy spaces. The staircase forms the structural core of the building and the link with the cafť, library, museum and the central hall. The ceiling of the ground floor, meanwhile, houses all the installations and its architectural articulation gives coherency to the museum experience.