Photo: Harry Cock (2011)


On the occasion of Broken Circle/Spiral Hill's 50th anniversary, the artwork can be visited again this summer during the open weekends from July to October 2021.

Experience why Broken Circle/Spiral Hill is still urgent and relevant today. Check the dates and book tickets to visit Robert Smithson's only earthwork outside the United States - a unique place in the Netherlands.


The Open Weekends for Robert Smithson’s Broken Circle/Spiral Hill in 2021 take place on:

  • 31 July & 1 August
  • 7 & 8 August
  • 14 & 15 August
  • 28 & 29 August
  • 4 & 5 September
  • 18 & 19 September
  • 2 & 3 October
  • 23 & 24 October

You can reserve a time slot for these days.

Keep in mind that a visit to Broken Circle/Spiral Hill takes an average of 1.5 to 2 hours. 


  • Entrance 10.- Euros.
  • Children up to 12 years old free admission.

A musuem card is not valid.


Discount for Into Nature ticket holders

Broken Circle/Spiral Hill Open Weekends take place simultaneously with the Into Nature manifestation from July 31 to October 24, 2021 in Bargerveen in South-East Drenthe.

Do you have a ticket for Into Nature? In this case you receive a 25% discount on your ticket for Broken Circle/Spiral Hill with the online code RSIN2021.

Bring your Into Nature ticket with you on your visit, as the discount ticket is only valid in combination with this ticket.

Visiting info

In terms of clothing and footwear, keep in mind that a visit to Broken Circle/Spiral Hill takes place mainly in the open air.

All visitors must take care on the site. There are steep inclines, and the ground can be muddy. The website outlines the ways that all visitors can be welcomed to the site.

Unfortunately, the artwork is difficult to navigate for persons with mobility issues. Please contact us at info@brokencircle.nl to discuss the details of your visit.


Entering the site of Broken Circle/Spiral Hill artworks is at your own risk. Under no circumstances can the owner and organization be held liable to anyone for any direct or indirect damage as a result of - or in connection with - entering this site and viewing the works.


Broken Circle/Spiral Hill is located in a former sand quarry on the edge of Emmen, Drenthe. It is easily accessible by car and bicycle.

You can park your car or bicycle at Emmerhoutstraat 150, 7814 XX Emmen, The Netherlands.

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"Parks are idealizations of nature,
but nature in fact is not a condition of the ideal."


 Card. Photo: Unknown, ca 1972

Holt/Smithson Foundation and Land Art Contemporary, in cooperation with different parties, are working towards a sustainable future for Broken Circle/Spiral Hill in Emmen, The Netherlands.

The opening of Broken Circle/Spiral Hill is generously supported by:


All artworks and images by Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson are copyright Holt/Smithson Foundation, licensed by VAGA at ARS, New York.

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