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.
Visit the exhibition The Dutch Biblebelt
7 July - 22 September 2019
Come on a journey with us this summer to the Dutch Bible Belt, a part of the country where a lot of Reformed Christians live. The Bible is often interpreted literally there. Who are the people of the Bible Belt? What are their dilemmas, and where do their views come from? Visit the exhibition and discover a part of the Netherlands barely touched by the ideas of the 1960s. Never before will you have come so close to the everyday perceptions of this orthodox Christian group.
Visit the exhibition North & South
25 October 2019 - 26 January 2020
As it turns out, both in the far North and far South of Europe medieval masterpieces have survived that are remarkably similar despite the great distance that separates them. We succeeded in having these rare works of art from the period 1100-1350 travel on this single occasion from Catalonia (Spain) and Norway to Utrecht. From 25 October 2019 until 26 January 2020 visitors will be able to enjoy their astonishing beauty and similarity in style. It will be an absolute 'must see' because art from this early period has hardly survived in Central Europe.
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 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.