Get A Front Row Seat To Art History

Unlock Utrecht Secrets At The City’s Art Museum

The Centraal Museum:ooooooooo Where History Meets Canvas

Established in 1838, the Centraal Museum holds the distinction of being the Netherlands’ oldest municipal museum. It houses a diverse collection of serious artworks, haute couture fashion pieces, and local historic items owned by the municipality.

Situated in a former medieval monastery, the museum is larger than one would think, so put aside a couple of hours at least to enjoy the vast collections. The facility is comprised of a complex series of confusing buildings that offer a delightful maze of rooms, corridors, and stairwells to explore – each featuring different exhibitions – but get a map!

A Look Inside the City’s Collection

The archives here boast the world’s largest collection of Rietveld objects and children’s art by the globally renowned ‘Miffy’ creator Dick Bruna. The galleries of old masters, featuring works by Utrecht Caravaggists Jan van Scorel, Abraham Bloemaert, and Hendrick ter Brugghen, is a must-see. The Daliesque artist J.H. Moesman also has an extensive treasury of his amazing surrealist paintings from the last century.  There are also continuous temporary and special exhibitions held throughout the year.

Beyond these Utrecht icons, the Centraal Museum provides a glimpse into 2,000 years of dynamic history with local artwork, artifacts and keepsakes on display. It keeps pace with the ‘now’ through its focus on contemporary fashion, visual arts, and the latest industrial designs.

Centraal Museum Utrecht fake sky
CENTRAAL MUSEUM MAIN ENTRANCE
Exhibition space and map
MUSEUM MAP & MODERN GALLERY
Gallery Utrecht Centraal Museum
OLD MASTERS ON DISPLAY
SURREALIST ARTIST JH MOESMAN
100m ANCIENT ROMAN RIVERBOAT
Antique Dress Collection
HAUTE COUTURE FASHION HISTORY

Ticket Prices

  • Children aged 0 to 4 years : Free.
  • Children : aged 5 – 17 years: €7.50.
  • Students w/ID : €7.50.
  • Groups over 10 : €12.50
  • Adult General Admission : €15.00.
  • Museumkaart: Free

Open Tuesday thru Sunday 11 am to 5 pm

Getting There

By Foot or Bike : The museum is a 20-minute walk from Utrecht Centraal or a 10-minute bicycle ride. Park your bike next to the museum and there’s an electric bike charging station near the entrance of Cafe Centraal.

By Public Transport : Take bus #2 from Utrecht Centraal station towards the Museumkwartier. You can also take the train to Utrecht Vaartsche Rijn station, and from there it’s a 7-minute walk to the museum.

By Car : Public parking at the museum is limited, especially from October thru December. The nearby Vaartsche Rijn and Springweg parking garages are cheaper, but it’s a 10-minute walk to the venue. Also, consider using the Park & Ride facilities in Utrecht. A day ticket costs €5, and it’s valid for up to 5 people. Find more information at Goedopweg.nl.

Address: Agnietenstraat 1, Utrecht, 3512 XA oooooooo Phone : 030 236 2362 Web : www.centraalmuseum.nl

Café Centraal & The Museum Shop

Both the café and the shop can be visited without a museum ticket.  At Café Centraal, you can familiarize yourself with the collection while seated on special chairs inspired by the designs of Gerrit Rietveld and others. Savor a quality cup of coffee, a delicious lunch, or even a refreshing adult beverage while overlooking the gezillig inner courtyard.

Don’t forget to check out the museum shop, where you’ll find unique small gifts, products from Utrecht designers, art and fashion books, and a wide selection of Miffy items.

Centraal Museum Shop
CENTRAAL MUSEUM GIFT SHOP

Utrecht’s Centraal Museum offers a captivating journey through the art, history, and culture of the renaissance city, but its sheer size makes most visits a three-hour time commitment, so keep that in mind.  But for anyone seriously interested in rare local artifacts, provincial medieval history, or timeless masterpieces on canvas (both Dutch and international) – the Art of Utrecht is here at the Centraal Museum.

Special Exhibits

The art studio of Miffy creator ‘Dick Bruna’ is here, reproduced exactly as it was the last time he used it!

Dick Bruna Art Studio
THE ART STUDIO OF DICK BRUNA

There’s an informative display with secrets on how to decide which relics are real and which are replicas!

Sculptures at Centraal Museum
ORIGINAL OR REPLICA? FIND OUT HERE!

Videos

A ten-minute video of the collection by the curator (in English)

The video above gives a nice overview of the whole museum.