The oldest city collection in the Netherlands is as broad and comprehensive as the title suggests. Besides the fact that is it generously drawn from the rich collection of the museum, which consists of modern and contemporary art, design, fashion, urban history, old art and applied art, the themes also relate to different periods in our time and have an international reach or a current perspective.

The city as centre point

The city, originating from the castellum that was built around the year 47 AD. on the same spot as the current Domplein, is the centre point.  Whether it concerns makers and collectors coming from here, objects such as swords and silver work, works of art rooted here, paintings by Pyke Koch or Erich Wichman, or objects that show their value for local-historical reasons: in a dynamic collection presentation they tell the story of Utrecht and the interaction of this international city with the world.

Surprising and daring

The Centraal Museum places the works of art in a surprising and sometimes daring context. The arrangement is therefore not divided in a chronological order.

This way the icons of Utrecht and of the Centraal Museum have sufficient space and often get a new meaning or a different connotation.

What to see

The setup has been divided into sixteen themes. The beautifully designed spatial arrangement covers the ground floor and the first floor of the museum's 1920-wing (divided over expo 4, 5 and 6).

You can see works by Gerrit Rietveld, Joop Moesman, Abraham Bloemaert, Gerard van Honthorst, Jan van Scorel, Joachim Wtewael, Charley Toorop, Marlene Dumas, Pyke Koch and various items from the fashion collection. There are also models of the Dom Tower and the Rietveld Schroder House, and the popular dollhouse can be admired.