Utrecht’s University Museum

Where Curiosity Becomes Science

Unlock The History of Scientific Investigation

Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht: o. The Science of Research

After a 3-year hiatus, the reimagined University Museum Utrecht (or UMU for short) invites a new generation of visitors to explore the fascinating world of research, science, and natural history.

“A museum for everyone who is curious…” oooooooooooooooooo– Femke den Boer, UMU Director

Dutch curators at the 100-year-old institute have recognized the importance of bridging academia and the public. UMU’s director, Femke den Boer, recently described the revamped facility as “a museum for everyone who is curious.” What awaits inquisitive minds are five brand-new exhibition halls that actively immerse visitors in scientific research—both historical and contemporary in nature.

Tourists Become Researchers

Guests can roll up their sleeves and engage in challenging research activities. Design a heart-lung machine, study monkey behavior, experiment with air pumps, or participate in actual educational workshops. UMU collaborated closely with Utrecht University scientists to create important interactive experiences that turn visitors into scientists – at least for a while!

Born From 100 Years of Service & Discovery

The museum was established in 1918 and originated from a remarkable discovery: a vast collection of thousands of scientific antiquities was found in the attic of an old university science building. After a decade of consideration and curation, the collection was finally opened to academia and the public in 1928.

It was initially focused on laboratory instruments from the Renaissance and the Age of Industrialization (1650-1850) but over time the archives expanded to encompass other branches of science as well. Now, after several relocations, it resides in a nice spacious location on Lange Nieuwstraat in the city center – awaiting curious visitors from around the world.

KID FRIENDLY FOR FUTURE SCIENTISTS
NEW EXHIBIT MODELS ON DISPLAY
HANDS-ON EXHIBITS ENGAGE VISITORS
THE OUDE HORTUS (OLD BOTANICAL GARDEN)

UMU Ticket Prices

  • Adult General Admission : €14.00.
  • Children aged 0 to 4 years : Free.
  • Children : aged 5 – 17 years: €7.00.
  • Gardens Only (Oude Hortus) : €5.00.
  • Students w/ID : €7.50
  • 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. It is also possible to take the train to Utrecht Vaartsche Rijn station and from there it is about a 10-minute walk.

By Public Transport : Take bus #2 from Utrecht Centraal station to the University Museum stop. You can also take the train to Utrecht Vaartsche Rijn station, and from there it’s a 10-minute walk to the museum.

By Car : Follow the parking route (P) to the Springweg parking garage. From this parking garage it is about a 10-minute walk to the museum. You can also park on Lange Nieuwstraat or Nieuwegracht for a fee, but this type of street parking is limited. Make sure you park within the designated spaces.

Address: Lange Nieuwstraat 106, 3512 PN Utrecht ooooooo Phone : 030 253 8008 Web : https://umu.nl

The Old Botanical Gardens

Utrecht University’s ‘Oude Hortus’ is a beautiful, hidden green oasis in the middle of town next to UMU. It’s a wonderful place to wander around and enjoy the special plants and trees being studied. This unique, historic garden features farm crops, a tree nursery, and the Regius Garden: a medicinal terrace with healing herbs and useful botanical treatments.

The garden was initially created in 1639 at Sonnenborgh, where the museum of the same name is now located. In 1723 Sonnenborgh turned out to be too small. The Hortus Botanicus was therefore set up on the Nieuwegracht. There students gained knowledge about plants, especially their medicinal power.

After the Second World War, the University and the gardens largely moved to De Uithof (now the nearby Utrecht Science Park) where the botanical gardens are still used for research and education. As a result, the Oude Hortus fell into disrepair and a foundation was founded to rescue it in the 1980s. The arrival of the University Museum gave a second life to the Hortus and it has thrived ever since.

Every Tuesday a group of motivated gardeners and volunteers are busy watering, weeding, and pruning to ensure that the Oude Hortus looks beautiful all year round. They ask that patrons enjoy the beautiful flowers and plants, but don’t pick or eat them as they can be poisonous. There are also several ponds in the Oude Hortus, so keep a close eye on your children.

The Oude Hortus is included with your ticket to the University Museum as is the lovely outdoor museum cafe for a break.

 

Videos

A nice overview of the UMU Museum in subtitled English.

Scenes from the University Museum Re-Opening