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Rails to Riches: Navigating Utrecht’s Fascinating Dutch Train Museum

For more than 150 years, Utrecht has served as the main railway hub for the whole of the country with the largest train station in the Netherlands. To that end, the city celebrates this heritage at the fantastic Spoorweg Museum (Dutch National Train Museum). Holland’s largest railway collection is a place where you can explore 200 years of fascinating train history and travel.

Their collection is huge, both in terms of the number of visitors – 350,000 annually – and its size – with nearly 100,000 square feet of exhibition space. Interactive displays bring history to life and include authentic historical railway equipment, train artifacts, signals and signs, and, of course, model trains. More than 80 historic trains are represented, with many rail carriages and locomotives ready for your inspection, both inside and outdoors.

The Complex History of Maliebaan Station

Since World War II, the Spoorweg Museum has been housed in what was once the most important train depot in Holland – Maliebaan Station. Spoorweg

Early in the war, Maliebaan Station was actually a refugee camp for Jews fleeing Germany and Austria, but after the German occupation of the country, things took a darker turn. The depot became a transit point for deporting Utrecht’s Jews to Camp Westerbork, from where they were sent to concentration camps and extermination. Ultimately the station was liberated in 1945, but not before substantial damage and sabotage nearly destroyed the building, necessitating the construction of Utrecht Centraal as the new main railway hub.

Post-war, the Spoorweg Museum was built on the old depot complex, and wartime Maliebaan Station has been reproduced with historical accuracy. This allows visitors to experience the special ambiance of the past and come to grips with the tragedy of the Holocaust. To commemorate this reality, a moving World War II memorial was established near the collection, honoring the 1,239 Jewish victims of the war from Utrecht proper.

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TRAIN MUSEUM MAIN ENTRANCE
Maliebaan station 1932
LOCOMOTIVE WITH STAFF AT MALIEBAAN STATION (1930s)
WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL

Spoorweg Ticket Prices

  • Children aged 0 to 3 years : Free.
  • General Admission : €19.50.
  • Groups of 10+ : €15.50.
  • Railway Employees : €10.00.
  • Museumkaart: Free

Open Tuesday thru Sunday 10 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.

By Public Transport : The “Maliebaan Special” train drops you inside the museum! The 18-minute ride leaves hourly from track 2, but check with the stationmaster for details. Bus: Take bus 4, 8, 28, 50, 55, 73, or 77 to Stadsschouwburg The museum is a 5 minute walk south.

By Car : Public parking at the museum is limited, but available for 12 a day. 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 : Maliebaanstation 16 3581 XW Utrecht, NL_oo Web: www.spoorwegmuseum.nl Phone : 030 230 6206

On Track & On Time for Children

Families will need a half day with the kids here, there’s so much for them to do besides climbing on old trains. This includes an outdoor ‘train-themed’ playground for the wee ones and a ridable Jumbo Express mini train that tours around the outside of the museum complex. There’s also a TechLab for geeks which has online railway games where you can make schedules, drive a virtual train, and plan passenger and cargo service by rail.

Kids at the train museum

Children will also love the thrilling Steel Monster Roller Coaster, or the lavish productions at their indoor theatre, which takes you on a compelling 3-D experience onboard the world’s most famous train – The Orient Express. There’s also a huge model train exhibit with a working HO scale (1:87) railway.

For adults, there’s an exhibition of beautiful vintage travel art – mostly colorful vintage Dutch NS posters and brochures. There’s also a full-service restaurant in the roundhouse, with a 360-degree view of the whole museum. And yes, they have beer!

Special Exhibitions

A large and impressive HO-scale model trainyard is featured off the main hall for the hobby enthusiast and the odd man-child who still plays with trains! Delightful!

Model Trains
MODEL TRAINS AT HET SPOORWEG MUSEUM

The “Maliebaan Special” is a specific train from Utrecht Centraal that goes directly to the Spoorweg Museum for kids.  It leaves hourly but check with the station master for track details.

Maliebaan Express
THE MALIEBAAN SPECIAL ON TRACK 3

Spoorweg Videos

This video shows the route of the ‘Maliebaan Special’

The video above gives a nice overview of the museum.

This video shows the route of the ‘Maliebaan Special’

The video above gives a nice overview of the museum.