In Zutphen, the 17th-century City Palace Hof van Heeckeren has been transformed into a vibrant cultural cluster housing the Stedelijk Museum Zutphen, Museum Henriette Polak and the Municipal Archaeology Department.
The City Palace was created in the 17th century by bringing together various medieval buildings, and has been used as a legal training centre for the past 25 years. The large-scale restoration and transformation of the building complex has been combined with a new entrance pavilion in the garden.
Access to the Zutphen Museums is now located on the ‘s-Gravenhof square, the oldest square in Zutphen, where the monumental shell dome by Swedish architect Horleman from 1697 acts as the entrance to the courtyard of the renovated complex. The garden has been redesigned to be a green, public space right in the middle of the historic city centre and is a creation by Lola Landscape Architects.