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“Unexpectedly interesting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of St. Catherine's Convent (Museum Het Catharijneconvent)

St. Catherine's Convent (Museum Het Catharijneconvent)
Nieuwegracht 63, Utrecht, The Netherlands (Lange Nieuwstraat)
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Ranked #13 of 35 Attractions in Utrecht
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Toronto, Canada
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“Unexpectedly interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We didn't know quite what to expect, given that this museum has religion as its focus. The collections are well displayed, however, and especially the medieval section is quite fascinating. The building that the museum is housed in, formerly a convent, is also very attractive. I prefer the Central Museum, but enjoyed visiting this one for a change.

Visited July 2012
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Lovely building with peaceful cloisters”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I'm not a great fan of religious treasure, but whay they have here is truly magnificent. You get a free audio description in your own language, which helps to bring the place to life. Locals seem to use the restarant for lunch, which is very jolly

Visited March 2013
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“Beautiful church in the quaint, quiet Museum Quarter of Utrecht”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013 via mobile

I had a nice time walking around this museum. The main issue that I had was that there was no guide for me to read in English. I understand that the signs near the artwork were in Dutch. I was just a bit surprised not to see even a tiny pamphlet or piece of paper with a paragraph or two in English. If there is information available in English, it wasn't placed in an easy-to-spot location.

I must say that the altar pieces, paintings, and other items were beautiful and the setup of the museum was well-planned. I don't think I'd go again for nearly 10 euros, but for one visit it was a good place to pass through.

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“Beautiful museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Great museum in the centre of Utrecht. For anyone with cultural and religious interest. Beautiful collection.

Visited November 2012
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“Fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

The museum has a mixed collection of art telling the story of Christianity in holland from the middle ages. It is clearly and well displayed, There is an excellent exhibition on the medieval sculptors of Utrecht who worked in stone, wood and clay, including a room describing the techniques.

Visited November 2012
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