The name of the museum is a bit of a misnomer. We expected the coverage of the collection to be similar to other provincial museums with history, culture, etc in addition to art. We had seen the rave reviews in the guidebooks and expected far more of a range in the collections. We were disappointed and only spent an hour in this massive conglomerate of buildings. This was especially disappointing given the pricey 13 euro admission fee. A pleasant surprise was the Yin Xiuzhen modern art exhibit. We were captivated by her use of textiles and old clothing in her art. This exhibit is temporary, as are most of the museum's exhibits. We also enjoyed the permanent exhibit of porcelain where we saw shipwreck porcelain from the East India Company days. This is something we had come specifically to see, but when we asked at the info desk for its whereabouts, the lady there had no idea and no resources to find it. We found it on our own, using the Dutch-language-only printed guide available for loan up on the exhibit floor. The display cases have no labels other than numbers. Visitors must refer to the printed guide to know what they are seeing.
Our sense of this museum was that its truly impressive architecture and unique, spacious set up with various pavilions have somehow stunted the curatorial staff's common sense about effective museum interpretation. The front desk staff were so enamored with their "smart" email-linked information collecting platform, that they were unable to provide visitors with the most basic information about how best to enjoy the museum's exhibits. How about a simple map of the museum showing where the different exhibits are,and a little background info to get us started?
The Groninger Museum is big and bold but unless you're a true modern art junkie, you'll get more bang for your buck elsewhere.
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