Museum Tour in Utrecht, Part II, Utrecht

Utrecht is one of the top touristic destinations in Netherlands. Thousands of tourists visit it every year. The city is famous for its lovely Museums. Most of them can be found in Museum Quarter. This tour will lead you to some of the best known museums in Utrecht.
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Museum Tour in Utrecht, Part II Map

Guide Name: Museum Tour in Utrecht, Part II
Guide Location: Netherlands » Utrecht (See other walking tours in Utrecht)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Author: NatalyD
Museum Speelklok

1) Museum Speelklok (must see)

Museum Speelklok (previously Museum van Speelklok tot Pierement) has a collection of automatically playing musical instruments, most of which still work and therefore still can play their music. Among the instruments on display are music boxes, musical clocks, pianolas, barrel organs (including the typically Dutch large street organs) and a turret clock with carillon. The word speelklok means musical clock.

Over the years the museum has become popular nationwide and also internationally. The museum's restoration workshops are a leader in their field, and are known for their excellent standards.

The museum had its origins in an exhibition of mechanical organs and other musical automata in Utrecht in the summer of 1956. The great success of this led to the creation of a permanent national museum dedicated to mechanical musical instruments. In 1984 the museum's present housing in the central medieval Buurkerk (citizens' church) was officially opened by Queen

For its 50 year Jubilee in 2006 the museum held a special exhibition, "Royal Music Machines". For this event, various renowned museums, including the Hermitage Museum, the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, loaned very special instruments.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday and public holidays: 10 am – 5 pm

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Aboriginal Art Museum

2) Aboriginal Art Museum (must see)

The Aboriginal Art Museum in Utrecht is the only museum in Europe dedicated to Australian Aboriginal art. It has been recognized by the Australian government for its devotion to Australia’s cultural heritage. Two or three exhibitions are held each year, offering a great diversity of themes.
Catharijneconvent Museum

3) Catharijneconvent Museum (must see)

The Catharijneconvent Museum is the national museum of religious art. Located in the former Catharijneconvent, the museum was established in 1979. Its collection includes works of religious art of the Catholic Archbishopric of Utrecht, located in the convent until 1979. Its extensive amount of historical and art objects from the early Middle Ages to the present includes Protestant and Catholic art and information on their impact of on Dutch society. The collection includes bookbindings decorated with precious stones, richly-worked images, paintings, altarpieces, clothing and ecclesiastical objects in gold and silver. One of the highlights of its collection is ivory work from the early medieval Lebuinuskelk.
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Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht

4) Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht (must see)

Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht is a stylish building designed with a beautiful glass façade that attracts many passersby. It contains many unique historical objects, some unusual like the skeleton of flying dog, various fishes and exotic birds. Also, you will be impressed by the beauty of the 18th century orangeries and botanic laboratory.
Centraal Museum

5) Centraal Museum (must see)

Centraal Museum’s collection, founded in 1838, was initially limited to art related to the city. In 1921 its acquisition merged with various private collections in a centralized museum located in the former medieval monastery at Nicolaaskerkhof. Currently, the collection consists of pre-1850’s art, modern art, applied art, fashion and historical objects of Utrecht, including the 1,000 year-old Utrecht Ship, which is part of the Stadsgeschiedenis collection. Another highlight are paintings by the Utrecht Caravaggians, such as Gerard van Honthorst and Hendrick ter Brugghen. Along with Joachim Wtewael, Abraham Bloemaert, Paulus Moreelse and Renaissance painter Jan van Scorel, this museum’s collection has international appeal.
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Sonnenborgh Museum en Sterrenwacht

6) Sonnenborgh Museum en Sterrenwacht (must see)

Sonnenborgh Museum en Sterrenwacht (The Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory), located on top of the ancient Sonnenborgh bastion since 1854, houses four large telescopes and welcomes visitors to enjoy the breathtaking view of the sky. Be sure not to miss out on this unique experience and gain memories that will last a lifetime.
Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum

7) Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum (must see)

Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum, the national railway museum, was established in 1927 and was initially located in one of the main buildings of Nederlandse Spoorwegen in Utrecht. At the time the collection consisted mostly of pictures, documents and other small objects. In the 1930s the first steps were taken to conserve old significant railway equipment. A portion of this collection was lost during World War II. The current collection is too large to be shown in full in the limited space available, but rotates on a regular basis. Most of the trams were dropped from the collection in the 1990s. Its collection contains, among other things, steam, electric and diesel locomotives, train cars, freight cars and several trams.
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Walking Tours in Utrecht, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Utrecht

Create Your Own Walk in Utrecht

Creating your own self-guided walk in Utrecht is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightlife Entertainment Tour in Utrecht

Nightlife Entertainment Tour in Utrecht

When it comes to great nightlife entertainment, Utrecht has a lot to offer. Downtown, namely the Oudegracht area, is where most of the city’s nightlife is located, including such places as 't Oude Pothuys, Tivoli, Café België and much more. Take the following tour to discover Utrecht’s hottest nightspots.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Utrecht, one of the largest cities in the Netherlands, is a tourist-friendly destination renowned for its numerous cultural and historic treasures. On this orientation walk you will climb 465 steps to the top of the Dom Tower, visit the best music museum in the Netherlands, as well as the legendary Oudegracht ("old canal") and other remarkable sites fit to make anyone's visit to Utrecht unforgettable.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Architecture Tour in Utrecht

Architecture Tour in Utrecht

Among Dutch cities Utrecht has one of the richest collections of medieval buildings. A blend of Baroque and Gothic styles, Utrecht’s architectural styles have been dictated by the Reformation and the Dutch wars. Take the following tour to discover the city’s best architecture.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Religious Buildings Tour in Utrecht

Religious Buildings Tour in Utrecht

Utrecht’s religious buildings will amaze you with their beauty, design and fascinating history. Some of them, such as Jacobikerk or Sint-Gertrudiskathedraal, are of interest for their role in the Dutch Reformation, which influenced the city’s spiritual life in many ways. Take the following tour to discover the best holy buildings Utrecht has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Museum Tour in Utrecht, Part I

Museum Tour in Utrecht, Part I

Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, attracts many tourists. It contains many large and small museums, the majority of them located in the eastern part of the municipality, called the Museum Quarter. Take the following tour to acquire plenty of unique and unforgettable memories.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Utrecht for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Utrecht has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Utrecht, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.