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 from the Golden Age and visit our unique temporary exhibitions.
Miracles all around us
28 February - 23 August 2020
Miracles are of every age,. every culture and every religion. They have played a part in everyday life since the beginning time, and have been inspiring artists for centuries. Depicting what takes place between heaven and earth makes the greatest demands on their powers of imagination. That challenge has given birth to the most stimulating and moving art. From Rembrandt to Mondrian and Abramovich, the museum has brought together a selection of the most beautiful and astonishing works from national and international collections.
Do you always believe your own eyes?
Amazing events are remarkable and unfathomable, and those are the very aspects that have challenged artists down the ages when depicting the story of a miracle. They bring it to life and make viewers re-examine their own convictions. Do you always believe your own eyes? Do you believe it when someone tells you a miraculous story? And how do you explain the miraculous things that you witness yourself?
Amazing points of view
The works of art not only enter into a dialogue with each other but also with stories of sensational miracles from different cultures, impressive objects of cultural history and inexplicable eyewitness reports. Scientists give their opinions about the phenomenon. The results of a national survey show how we view miracles these days. This creates a new context that makes us stop and think about the very phenomenon of miracles.
18 February 2021 - 29 August 2021
Mary Magdalen is a woman of extremes. That has given rise to a multiplicity of interpretations: a wealth of representations, conspiracy theories and controversies. This special exhibition will introduce the visitor to the rich, paradoxical and constantly evolving imagery surrounding this mysterious biblical figure. From the time of the New Testament to the present day, Mary Magdalen has proved to be an inexhaustible source of inspiration for artists.
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, Museumkaart Free
- Children under 6 Free
- Students / Children 6 - 17 € 7
- 65+ € 12.50
- Adults € 14
A surcharge may apply to temporary exhibitions.
A free visitor's guide is available in English, French, German and Spanish.
Groups, tour operators & facilities
Groups & tour operators
Various options are available for a visit with a group or tour operator. We will be happy to tell you more; please contact our group coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.