The Museum De Pont was opened in 1992 from the legacy of entrepreneur Jan de Pont. A former Thomas de Beer wool spinning mill, just around the corner from Wilhelmina Park, was completely rebuilt to accommodate contemporary art.
Museum De Pont is the museum of contemporary art in the city of Tilburg. The founder and name giver of the museum is the lawyer and entrepreneur Jan de Pont (1915-1987). Shortly before his death, he determined that part of his assets should be used to stimulate contemporary visual art. In the execution of his last wishes, this textile factory was chosen to become a completely new museum for contemporary art.