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4x small museums in Utrecht

Are you a fan of culture and think you’ve already visited all museums in Utrecht? There’s a large chance that you don’t know these hidden gems yet!

1. Museum voor het Kruideniersbedrijf

Het Museum voor het Kruideniersbedrijf is located in the courtyard between ‘t Hoogt and the Lange Jansstraat. This cute 17th-century building immediately exudes history and tranquillity. The museum is also known as the Betje Boerhavemuseum. They offer you a peek into the life of Betje Boerhave, a grocery store owner from the 19th century. After she died, her grandson reconstructed her life based on her diaries. Fun fact: the museum is run entirely by volunteers and is completely free to visit!

2. Nederlands Volksbuurtmuseum

On the historic Waterstraat in Wijk C, you will find the Nederlands Volksbuurtmuseum. Experience what it was like to live in a working-class neighbourhood in the 19th century. The museum describes the life of the ‘ordinary people’ from these decades and that’s exactly what makes this museum so unique. Learn more about the history of Wijk C or about Dutch working neighborhoods in general. Crave more information? MuseumTV made a mini documentary about the museum.   

3. Het Restauratieatelier

One of Utrecht’s most famous museums is Museum Speelklok, who store a huge collection of self-playing instruments. You can imagine that these instruments need the necessary maintenance time regularly. Who takes care of that? The restoration workshop does. Located at Flora’s Hof, you will find the restoration studio in the big building that was formerly used as a school. Since 2009, the studio is also opened for the public, like a mini-museum. Visiting hours are every first Wednesday of the month from 14:00. Are you visiting Museum Speelklok and are you curious about the restoration studio? Reserve a spot!

4. Stichting FOTODOK

You will find Stichting FOTODOK in an old school building on the Lange Nieuwstraat. Photo exhibitions, lectures and debates are regularly organized here. FOTODOK not only tells stories through traditional photography, but also through film and virtual reality. Lately, a new exhibition has opened up: ‘Why Work?’, about the future of  full-time jobs. The exhibition is open for visitors from Wednesday to Sunday, from 12:00 to 17:00. You can find more information here.

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About Lisa Peters

Lisa is een freelance content marketing specialist met een gouden pen en een liefde voor Utrecht. Sinds ze in 2009 naar deze prachtige stad is verhuist, heeft ze elke steen omgekeerd en elk hoekje verkend. Een nieuw restaurant of een onontdekt boetiekje, ze zal het ontdekken en ervan genieten. Het enige dat ze stiekem nog mist in Utrecht is een karaoke bar. Ze woont in de buurt van de Amsterdamsestraatweg, waar ze nauwkeurig in de gaten houdt welke interessante nieuwe winkels of restaurants er verschijnen in deze up-and-coming buurt. Ze is dol op het ontdekken van verborgen pareltjes, nu is het tijd om ze te delen met jou!

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