Centraal Museum

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3 Agnietenstraat, Utrecht, Netherlands
030 236 2362

Centraal Museum Utrecht Reviews

bwall99 bwall99
1 reviews
Utrecht Apr 19, 2011
Good place to go if the weather is nice and you want to have dinner by the canals. Something different than Amsterdam. Utrecht is mostly outside the tourist area but if you get on the train from the airport or Amsterdam it's nice to place to be in the evening on a spring or summer day. If it's raining, I wouldn't go.
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sarahelaine sarahela…
651 reviews
Sep 29, 2007
The Centraal museum, Utrecht, is one of the more unusual museums I've been to recently. It spans an unusually wide timespan, for a start. From the Roman Jerkin and ancient cargo ship in the basement to cutting edge video installations; there are very few places where you turn your back on a bog oak ship, walk up a flight of stairs, and into a one man show about the bleakness and alienation experienced in hospitals in 2007. Depending on your personal perspective, this is either dizzying or a Very Good Thing, especially as it is quite hard to navigate the building. It isn't huge, but it seems to have a lot of corners. Personally, I loved it.

The ship was a favorite, and I will be going back with a sketchbook at some point to spend a happy afternoon failing to draw it. And my absolute favorite piece was Strings by Sam Taylor-Wood in the temporary Suspended Moment exhibition; a video of a ballet dancer suspended above a string quartet playing Tchaikovsky, and quite beautiful in a really weird way. I was less taken with the Utrecht Carravagaists, but then I don't tend to like Carravagio either.

I thought that the museum offered very good value for money, although as I've bought the Museumkaart (a discount card costing 35 Euros that means that I can go to 400 museums across the Netherlands this year - if you're going to be in the country for more than five museum trips I think it's well worth it) it's hard to be cross about value for money. But if you don't like contemporary art you might be a bit disapointed. The cafe is great - 5 Euros bought me a nice coffee and one of the best bits of cake I've had for ages.

In summary, I think everyone should go; good value, amazing breadth, and good cake.
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