Centraal Museum in Utrecht is your gateway to enrich your life with art and culture from the world of Utrecht
Discover the renewed Centraal Museum in Utrecht
After three years of renovation and refurbishment, the renewed Centraal Museum opened its doors in April 2016. The museum has undergone a complete metamorphosis, resulting in an open and transparent museum that fully connects with its surroundings. The museum has been redesigned from the entrance to the museum garden and down to the smallest details. Its new core mission is to enrich the public with art and culture from the world of Utrecht.
‘The new Centraal Museum is a total experience that is sure to inspire every visitor’, says Edwin Jacobs, artistic director.
The oldest municipal museum in the Netherlands
Centraal Museum is the oldest municipal museum in the country. It has an extensive collection of old masters, modern art, applied art and design, city history and fashion. From Viktor & Rolf to Abraham Bloemaert, from Dick Bruna to Gerrit Rietveld, and from the medieval barge to Marlene Dumas: Centraal Museum offers everyone an inspiring experience. The visitor’s own experience and participation are important factors for Centraal Museum, and it is eager to apply innovative concepts to enhance the visitor’s role. This takes the form, for example, of the temporary studio de Werkplaats, designed anew for each specific exhibition and inviting the visitor to engage practically and creatively with the exhibition theme. As Joseph Beuys remarked, 'Jeder Mensch ist ein Künstler’ (‘every person is an artist’). The idea is that the opportunity to draw or sculpt or design something in line with the exhibition is an experience that opens up a wholly new perspective on the works or objects on display.
Annual report and policy documents
Recent annual reports, the long-term policy plan, the interpretation plan and the collection policy plan can all be downloaded at the top right of your screen. For an impression of what goes on at Centraal Museum, see the short film below.