Adriaen de Vries, a Dutchman, was one of the most renowned sculptors of his day and court sculptor to Emperor Rudolf II. The Museum de Vries is devoted entirely to works by this successful artist.
Classy spoils of war for sculpture-deprived Sweden
The majority of de Vries’ sculptures ended up in Sweden thanks to the country’s military successes in the 17th century. By the end of Sweden’s age of greatness, around 1718, there were no fewer than 32 bronze sculptures, mainly by Adriaen de Vries, in Drottningholm Park. In a sculpture-deprived country like 17th-century Sweden, this many high-class bronze sculptures were a major attraction.
Originals moved indoors and replaced with replicas in park
With a few exceptions, the sculptures stayed in the park until recent times. After the extent of the damage caused by the elements was discovered, the originals were moved into the Dragonstallet building near Drottningholms Wärdshus and replaced with modern replicas cast in bronze. The new museum in Dragonstallet opened in 2001..
Accessible museum with information in braille
In the Museum de Vries, visitors can get up close to the sculptures and look at them in a way that was previously impossible. The fantastic detail, originally executed in wax, is now visible.
The Museum de Vries has been designed to be accessible to visitors with mobility and vision impairments. The location of all the sculptures, stands and captions is shown on a guide in relief form, which can be read by the visually impaired. Labels and captions are printed in large fonts and in braille, and some include relief images. They have been positioned to suit visitors on foot and in wheelchairs alike, and they are angled to make the braille easier to read. Visually impaired visitors also have the exclusive opportunity to touch the sculptures and feel the fine detail and the nature of Adriaen de Vries’ work.
Open only for prebooked guided tours.
Information for visitors
See The Royal Court web site.