Welcome to Museum Catharijneconvent!
A visit to medieval Utrecht is not complete without a visit to Museum Catharijneconvent. Wander the halls of a medieval monastery and be enchanted by the most beautiful collection of medieval art in the Netherlands.
Marvel at the glittering gold and silver in the Treasury, admire paintings by Rembrandt, Jan Steen and their contemporaries and visit our unique temporary exhibitions.
Exhibition: The Creation of Science
Religion and science have always clashed. Normally they get on well together, yet we find them at loggerheads as well. They still have a lot in common, though. How come?
You will find the answer in this fascinating exhibition about The Creation of Science (from 22 February to 2 June 2024) in Museum Catharijneconvent. In close collaboration with Teylers Museum and Rijksmuseum Boerhaave we will be demonstrating that the history of the natural sciences in Western Europe cannot be explained without understanding the influence of Christianity. This is the very first exhibition in the Netherlands to shine a spotlight on the dynamic relationship between religion and science.
In The creation of science you will be taken on a journey through time with the aid of scientific instruments, rare manuscripts and modern art. You will be invited to view the past and the present with a different gaze each time. For instance, did you know that Descartes (1596-1650), the founding father of rationalism, was a pious man, and that Christianity was the prime source of inspiration for scientific research far longer than we often realised? And what is the relationship between religion and science today? You will discover that in the exhibition too.
Shifting world views
The creation of science centres around four viewpoints from which mankind looks at itself and the world: the view above (the universe), the view inside (the human body), the view outside (nature), and the view below (the earth). In each case the interaction between religion and science is examined under a magnifying glass. One object will show that Christianity was a driving force behind scientific research, while another makes it clear that the Christian view of the world was turned upside down by fresh insights.
Catharijneconvent - A building with a history
Museum Catharijneconvent occupies a characteristic building in the old city centre of Utrecht. The building has a long history going back to the fourteenth century. Originally, it was the site of a shelter for the homeless. In the fifteenth century the Carmelites acquired the land and built a convent. Later, the knights of St John turned it into a hospital, which it remained until the beginning of the nineteenth century. Subsequently it served various other functions until becoming a museum in 1979.
Opening hours & admission
- Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm
- Saturday, Sunday and holidays 11am - 5pm
- Closed Mondays, 1 January and 27 April
- ICOM, AICA, Museumkaart: Free*
- Children under 17: Free
- Students: € 7
- 65+: € 13.50*
- Adults: € 15*
*A surcharge may apply to temporary exhibitions.
Our temporary exhibitions are fully accessible for English-speaking visitors. For the permanent collection, a free audio guide is available in English.
Please note that paying in cash is no longer possible.
Groups, tour operators & facilities
Groups & tour operators
Various options are available for a visit with a group or tour operator.
There is a museum shop, museum café and outdoor seating area, meeting rooms and a library on site.
Address, directions & accessibility
Lange Nieuwstraat 38
3512 PH Utrecht
P.O. box 8518
3503 RM Utrecht
Telephone: + 31 (0)30 231 38 35
- Only a 15-minute walk from Utrecht Central station
- Only a 5-minute walk from the tourist office
- Bus line 2 stops at the door
Accessible for wheelchairs. Not accessible for larger motorised scooters. Guide dogs and assistance dogs are allowed.
You can find more information about accessibility on this website: https://www.goldencrossdata.com/en/adress/museum-catharijne-convent