Museums - A must-do activity for any visitor to the city
'Utrecht is teeming with museums. They are a must-do attraction for any visitor to the city. Visit the Centraal Museum for an eclectic collection of modern and applied art. The Museum Catharijneconvent is renowned for its unique collection of religious art, and the railway museum displays trains both past and present. There’s so much to see in Utrecht!'
The Central Museum is one Utrecht’s top museums. The collection includes more than 50,000 works, divided into different artistic movements and styles. The museum has a rich and varied collection of ancient, modern and applied art, and there are regular exhibitions of fashion collections and city history on display.
The collection includes works by Gerrit Rietveld, Dick Bruna, Jan van Scorel, Abraham Bloemaert and Hendrick ten Brugghen, to name but a few.
The Central Museum can be visited with a professional guide.
Museum Speelklok is Utrecht’s most entertaining museum. Step into a wonderful world of self-playing musical instruments, and hear the stories behind them: from the smallest music box to the huge dance and barrel organs.
Museum Catharijneconvent shows the history of Christianity in the Netherlands through centuries-old art as well as contemporary art.Paintings by Rembrandt, Pieter Saenredam and Jan van Scorel, relics, video art by Guido van der Werve and others, sculptures of saints, ancient manuscripts, a huge stained glass window by Marc Mulders and all there is to know about holidays such as Christmas, Easter and St Nicholas. This and more is on display in the Catharijneconvent Museum in a magnificent medieval convent. This oasis of art and culture is located in the centre and in walking distance from the Dom. The Catharijneconvent Museum tells the fascinating story of the past and present of Christianity in the Netherlands. With a collection consisting of Protestant and Catholic art and cultural objects, there is no other museum like this in the entire world.
de Haar Castle
De Haar Castle is the biggest and most luxurious castle in The Netherlands. It is one of the top European historic houses. A visit to De Haar Castle will take you back to the glory days of the castle and will show you the breathtaking splendour that surrounded the international rich and famous in the early 20th century. You will be amazed at the very un-Dutch luxury in which the Van Zuylen family and their guests lived amidst a wealth of history and art.
Few castles in The Netherlands can equal De Haar for its ideal image of a medieval fortress with towers and ramparts, moats, gates and drawbridges. Like a real fairy-tale castle it rises majestically from parkland with impressive trees, old gardens and ponds. The castle is situated in the centre of The Netherlands, near Utrecht, and is easy to reach by car. There is ample parking space.
The Rietveld Schröder House is the architectural highlight of the art movement De Stijl. The house was designed by the Utrecht architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld, commissioned by widow Truus Schröder in 1924. The house is not only designed but also decorated by Gerrit Rietveld (1888 – 1964).
The house is designed according to the principles of De Stijl. Characteristic for De Stijl are the seamless transitions from inside to out, by breaking open the closed walls. The use of primary colours red, blue and yellow (besides white, grey and black) is also part of this art movement.