Centraal Museum

The garden of the Centraal Museum, where the museum's Café Centraal opens up its terrace on sunny days, is at the cultural heart of the Netherlands. Here, visitors can admire the architecture of the country's oldest civic museum.

Rietveld collection    ———

Inside the former convent, you can explore our Rietveld collection, the largest in the world. Besides the iconic Red and Blue Chair, it also presents a myriad of other objects created by this versatile architect and designer.

Caravaggisti   ———

And you can discover the chiaroscuro and classic themes of Utrecht's renowned Caravaggisti, including Dirck van Baburen, Gerard van Honthorst and Hendrick Terbrugghen. Did you know that their paintings were an inspiration for Rembrandt and Vermeer?

Gerard van Honthorst, The Matchmaker, 1625

Dick Bruna   ———

In Dick Bruna's studio, still in its original state, you'll feel yourself in the presence of the world-famous draughtsman and illustrator and author of the Miffy books. The Miffy Museum is also part of the Centraal Museum.

Modern and contemporary art  ———

Modern and contemporary art occupy a prominent place at the museum. Well-known works by the likes of Marlene Dumas and Pyke Koch are always on view, alongside recent acquisitions by contemporary artists. We also regularly showcase new art and design by Utrecht natives.

Marlene Dumas, The brides of Dracula, 1997

Utrecht ship  ———

Long-time favourites with museum visitors are the excavated wooden Utrecht Ship, dating from the 11th century, and our 17th-century dolls' house.


Doll's house    ———

These are fixed highlights within the dynamic presentation of our collection, where there's always something new to discover.

Fashion   ———

In 1917 the Centraal Museum made history by appointing the first-ever curator for fashion, inaugurating a 100-year tradition of collecting and showcasing fashion. From 18th century gowns to spectacular creations of Viktor & Rolf, Iris van Herpen and Jan Taminiau, fashion features prominently both in the collection and in the major exhibitions regularly organised at the museum.

Former convent  ———

While you're visiting, also be sure to take a look around the building, where you'll discover various traces of its days as a convent dedicated to St Agnes. Since the museum's renovation in 2016, the old refectory opens into what were once the stables, now a gallery for major exhibitions.

Exhibitions and so much more  ———

Working in partnership with municipal bodies, various cultural institutions in Utrecht, leading organisations and businesses across the Netherlands and museums around the globe, the Centraal Museum offers a rich mix of activities on top of its world-class collection and unique exhibitions. For example, every first Thursday of the month we put together a varied and stimulating programme featuring music, workshops, lectures, videos and much more. 

We wish you an enjoyable and inspirational visit.

Centraal Museum colours your world 

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