Due to Covid19 measures the museum is temporarily closed.
25 September 2020 - 17 January 2021
From wounds in the shape of vaginas and wandering saints without heads to Jesus being pressed like a grape. Welcome to the intriguing world as experienced in the Middle Ages. In Body Language: the Body in Medieval Art (25 September 2020-17 January 2021. Museum Catharijneconvent will be exhibiting the most fascinating images of the body from that period. Because those were the days when the physical was depicted in a totally new way. What lay behind it? And to what strange art, to our eyes, did it give rise? Crawl into the skin of a medieval person and experience a phenomenon never seen before!
19 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.
Visit medieval Utrecht
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.
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
All museum guests must book their visit online. It will be possible to reserve a maximum of four tickets at once.In order to prevent all our visitors from entering the museum at the same time, you will reserve a 15-minute time slot for your arrival. You must arrive at the museum within this time slot. You will pay for your ticket at at the ticket desk of the museum. Please book your ticket reservation here.
- 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 email@example.com.
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.