Centraal Museum Utrecht

A museum founded in 1838 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Utrecht’s Centraal Museum was founded in 1838, which makes it the oldest municipal museum in the Netherlands. The museum has a large and varied collection of art, fashion, design and a collection of objects related to the history of Utrecht. 

Amongst the highlights of the museum is the one-thousand year old 'Utrecht Ship'. The ship is part of the collection 'Stadsgeschiedenis'. The ship was found in 1930 near the Van Hoornekade in Utrecht and was put in the cellar of the 16th-century built part of museumbuilding. 

The Central Museum includes the Dick Bruna House and the Rietveld Schröder House. The latter is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Centraal Museum is thus home to the Utrecht artist Dick Bruna and Gerrit Rietveld, but also to the Utrecht Caravaggians, such as Gerard van Honthorst and Hendrick ter Brugghen. Both of them travelled to Rome in the early 17th century to study the works of the Italian master Caravaggio. Along with Joachim Wtewael, Abraham Bloemaert, Paulus Moreelse and renaissance-painter Jan van Scorel, the carravagists give the collection in Utrecht an international allure. Another good reason to visit the museum is the magical realism of Pyke Koch and surrealism Joop Moesman. Thanks to Moesman Utrecht was the center of Surrealism in the thirties and forties of the 20th century.

The fashion collection consists of about 8,000 pieces, with costumes from the 18th century to designs by Viktor & Rolf.

 

ESTABLISHED

1838

DIRECTOR

Edwin Jacobs

Location

Utrecht, The Netherlands

ONSITE VISITS

140,000 (2014)

ONLINE VISITS

559,000+ (2014)

FACEBOOK FANS

11,900+

TWITTER FOLLOWERS

12,100+

team

INTK, collaborators and freelancers responsible for projects developed with the Centraal Museum.

Rui Guerra

INTK co-founder and strategist

Janique Smeets

Online communication specialist at INTK

Bonny van Sighem

Bonny van Sighem

Internet & New Media at Centraal Museum

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