The museum is next to the St John’s Church and has two entrances. The main with a small shop is on the Oosthaven 9 and a smaller entrance is in the small street “Achter de Kerk” behind the museum. This smaller entrance is opposite the entrance of the St John’s Church.
The museum is housed in the former Catharina Guesthouse, a home for the elderly. Some rooms from the former Guesthouse have been retained like the Chirurgijnsgildekamer (Surgeons Guild room), the room where the surgeons of the town had their meetings since 1699. There is also a very nice complete interior of an old pharmacy.
There is a collection of 19th century paintings (The Hague School) but the quality is not as good as you will find in other museums. This collection must have been 2nd or 3rd choice.
Furthermore there are some large paintings of Officers of the local Militia in the 17th century and various religious artefacts (robes, silverware, etc.) One room has a large scale model of the historic centre.
Besides the art and history collection there is a very good dispay of Gouda Pottery in a separate section. Here you get a good overview of the production through the years of six of the local potteries.
It is nice to wonder through the museum and see the remains of the former Guesthouse and the art on display.
At the smaller entrance there is a nice café with an outside terrace. All very quiet
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