Nijntje Museum

Nijntje Museum, Utrecht: Hours, Address, Nijntje Museum Reviews: 4/5

Nijntje Museum
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Dan K
The Hague, The Netherlands6,706 contributions
Family
Our son adores Nijntje a.k.a. Néné a.k.ak Miffy. So, we took him out to see his idol in real life. He loved it and went absolutely crazy, shouting "Néné, Néné, Néné” when he saw a gigantic Miffy in the hall.

The museum currently holds 70 adults and you need to reserve a time slot. Also, the museum kindly requests you not to stay longer than one and a half hour. Expect a lot of hyped children (and the rare Asian adult) playing around some very cool ‘hands on’ Miffy exhibitions. Also very interesting to learn more about her creator Dick Bruna. I did not know he was inspired by the works of Picasso, Matisse and the likes, for instance.

I must confess, even as an adult I found it very cool to see all the Miffy creations in the museum. Maybe it’s because we’re almost running a 24/7 Nijntje channel at home, but still ;) As mentioned in the title, today (Monday 14 December 2020) the expectation is that the Dutch government will announce the closure of museums for aan unknown period. I do encourage people with children to revisit after the museum is reopened again!
Written December 14, 2020
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daichekb G
272 contributions
Business
Miffy Museum is located opposite to the Central Museum where you can buy the entrance tickets to the Miffy Museum.

I think miffy museum is for little kids or kidults or miffy fans.

There is a big miffy soft toy sitting at the entrance lounge room of the 'miffy house' and it has turned a little grey and black, which I can tell how popular she is!

I personally think it is a good place to escape from a busy, stressful city life. You will find your innocent childhood memory there and it doesn't cost much to enter. I think it is 4 euros (March-2017) on top of my head.
Written April 17, 2017
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Emily M
Leiden, The Netherlands314 contributions
Family
This really is a fantastic children’s museum. My almost-four year old was fully engaged for a good 2.5 hours, and would have happily stayed longer. Very appropriate and thoughtfully designed for young children, ideally maybe ages 3-5.
Written October 22, 2019
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skippyLuzern
Sydney, Australia61 contributions
Family
We were underwhelmed by this museum experience having travelled a good 40 minutes or so for the 11am opening (why so late?) with a 3 year old and 2 year old who were expecting to have some interactive experiences. The rather sparse activities were disappointing – a Miffy play house, a train, some magnetic boards and DVDs of Miffy, which we could have watched at home in greater comfort and in English. There was a craft table upstairs with a quite difficult colouring, cut and paste activity and more DVD viewing with story telling in Dutch but nothing which captured the opportunity to really engage small children who know the Miffy character well. For adults the video on the life of Bruna was interesting as was the room displaying all his publications in every language, but not enough to justify a journey to Utrecht. We were glad to have Museum Cards so we did not waste our money. The best part of the experience was the bright airy shop selling products, so we bought a few gifts which we probably could have found in other stores closer to home. It was just as well we had planned a visit to the magical de Haar Castle outside Utrecht for a picnic lunch in the grounds.
Written October 26, 2012
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KPK
Lanzarote, Spain24 contributions
Business
This is an excellent and really juicy children's museum, with plenty of interactive, "miffyful" environments.

The exhibits expand on themes and topics that are casual for a children's museum (body, numbers, shapes, house etc); however these are given in a really fresh and inspiring way, enlightened by dick bruna's aesthetic. At the same time, children do celebrate reading, while playing inside miffy's world - reading corners and books are everywhere.

Importantly, original items (sketches, dolls, sketch tools etc) are on display - otherwise the place would be just a beautiful playground and not a museum. Every exhibition panel is translated in English - does not happen the same with the exhibition questions addressing children (room for improvement). Perfect visit so far, but ..

an unpleasant experience at the museum shop. While paying, I asked the cashier lady for 4 small paper bags to wrap separately 4 small gifts. She said she doesn't have time to wrap them for me (while nobody was waiting in the queue!) > I said I would be ok for me to do that by myself or at home. She said she only has plastic bags to charge > I said that I saw they also have paper ones and its fine with me to charge me for these bags too (although inappropriate, especially while my bill was 50€). She said they do no charge these bags but "I don't want to give you 4 bags for these small things". Too inappropriate, dear lady! I addressed my disappointment to her but she replied nothing. After all you should know, dear, that some people appreciate even the small bag with the miffy’s sticker as a part of the present! Hopefully a younger and much more elegant, friendly and professional colleague took in charge of my wrapping-so-big-issue.
Written October 26, 2018
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Yeniset S
157 contributions
Family
I visited the place several times in the past. My daughter loved it. It was particularly good for kids under 5 years old. However, it is going under renovations until February 2016. There was a Miffy's expo opened at the Centraal Museum, but it was closed in September. So, Miffy lovers need to wait to encounter Miffy's paradise again.
Written October 11, 2015
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Ed_Sander
Xiamen, China40 contributions
Couples
This was not what I expected. I expected to see a large collection of Nijntje/Miffy artwork in a nice setting but found that there is very little to see here. Half of the place is basically a children's playroom; nice for the little ones but not for those of us who come to admire Dick Bruna's work. There's a few bits and pieces in the place that have information on Bruna's work and Miffy/Nijntjes origin and popularity, but overall you can run through these in 10-15 minutes. The exhibition in the attic about the use of rabbits and fairy tales in art was not really what I came here for either. Some of the floors were closed for renovations, but this did not result in a cheaper ticket price (more about that later).

What is left are a couple of grumpy guards and overpriced merchandise.

Talking about price, the Dick Bruna House is basically an exhibition that is part of the Central Museum across the street. The ticket you buy covers both, even if you have no interest in the Central Museum you still have to pay a hefty 11 Euro to see the Dick Bruna House, which is way too much for what it is. We visited the hodgepodge of collections of the Central Museum (after all, we'd already paid for it) but found little of interest (unless you are a connoisseur of furniture design and classical paintings, which we are not).
Written June 9, 2013
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Marlies
Purmerend, The Netherlands66 contributions
Friends
It was fun to see but the title museum a bit misplaced. (And confusing)
Ofcouse I expexted the museum to be child focussed but I had hoped for some information about Dick Bruna himself and maybe some old sketches etc...
Nevertheless we had fun walking around.
Written November 9, 2019
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Mochi87
Singapore, Singapore130 contributions
Couples
It is in general a place for kids, I love all the rooms and activities for kids. Personally I love Miffy and therefore it is my dream to be here and the place never fail. I saw so many kids enjoying themselves, my Husband and myself can’t help it but take photo with all miffys.

A must visit for Miffy fans!
Written May 25, 2019
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bebsaurus_13
Paris, France755 contributions
Friends
It breaks my heart to say bad things about this icon of my childhood, and maybe it was the excitement of there being a museum devoted to Miffy that meant I didn't spend as long as I should have reading the museum description on the website.

However, this is not a museum, this is a playground, if you don't have children you would like to exhaust, there really isn't much point in going.

I'm really disappointed because this was a missed opportunity, the single wall "museum" made some really interesting points about the inspiration from the graphic look and feel of Miffy, and I felt this could have been much more developed. Instead, we just walked past room after room of child sized activities.

On the other hand, if you have kids, they seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Written November 19, 2018
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