Museums Tour (Self Guided), 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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Museums Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums Tour
Guide Location: Netherlands » Utrecht (See other walking tours in Utrecht)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Author: NatalyD
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museum Speelklok
  • Catharijneconvent Museum
  • Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht
  • Centraal Museum
  • Sonnenborgh Museum en Sterrenwacht
  • Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum
  • Voor het Kruideniersbedrijf Museum
  • Volksbuurtmuseum Wijk C Stichting
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
Sight description based on wikipedia
Catharijneconvent Museum

2) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht

3) 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

4) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Sonnenborgh Museum en Sterrenwacht

5) 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

6) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Voor het Kruideniersbedrijf Museum

7) Voor het Kruideniersbedrijf Museum (must see)

The Voor het Kruideniersbedrijf Museum, also known as the Grocery Museum, is located in the heart of Utrecht. Though it resembles a small shop, it houses a great variety of original tins and grocery packaging. Downstairs you’ll be met by lovely ladies dressed in traditional clothing selling sweets and tea in decorative cups. Visitors are given the advice to add sugar cubes, hot milk and licorice flavoring as it is a Dutch tradition.
Volksbuurtmuseum Wijk C Stichting

8) Volksbuurtmuseum Wijk C Stichting

In the shadow of St. James the Great Church the neighborhood museum welcomes visitors to discover the history of Wijk C. It contains artifacts over a thousand years old, including paintings, tools and other objects. By way of multimedia presentations, guests can witness the development of the Wijk C neighborhood, which was once the city’s leisure center. After a period of decline and deterioration, a protest was held which led to its renovation.

Walking Tours in Utrecht, Netherlands

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