King William II had this beautiful residence built for himself in the centre of Tilburg, but he passed away just before the it was completed. The Royal Family donated the palace to the city and it was turned into the so-called 'Higher Citizens School'. Hidden beneath the palace you'll find Vincent's Tekenlokaal (Vincent's Drawing Room). This space is named after the most famous person to have lived in the city. One of the first students to study here was the now world-famous Vincent van Gogh. In 1886 he took classes here at the age of 13. The renowned painter received four or five hours of drawing lessons a week in the classroom of C.C. Huijsmans. Vincent's Tekenlokaal can be viewed again via an exact reconstruction that's decorated with a modern touch. Computers teach you about the illustrious painter and his experiences in school. Along the staircase to the drawing room, Van Gogh's wandering existence is clarified with a time line of his turbulent life. Other than that, pieces of text from letters that he wrote to his brother Theo are on display. Historical images also illustrate how beautiful Tilburg must have looked in Van Gogh's time. This was long before mayor Cees Becht (aka Demolition Man) 'rid' Tilburg of its beautiful architecture. You can also see a class photo of Van Gogh, although even experts still argue over which child is actually Vincent. The photo is very valiable, as only four other photographs are known to exist of the eccentric genius. Still, Vincent's Tekenlokaal is more of an actual drawing room than a museum. In a separate room you can learn to draw digitally on an interactive screen.
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