Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory

Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory, Utrecht: Hours, Address, Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory Reviews: 4/5

Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory

Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Lizzy
Rotterdam, The Netherlands8 contributions
The museum is surrounded by green and water, and perched on top of a bastion. Even from a distance, the building looks impressive. They absolutely did their best to make the topic accessible for the masses. You are greeted by friendly staff who hands you a tablet with which you can walk through all rooms with. The tablet shows you floor plan with additional information and interactive assignments in the room you find yourself in. For example, they show you black-white photograph of the people at work a hundred years ago at the exact same place you're standing in. Or you're asked to use the tablet's camera to find an object in the room and using AR technology it'll show you beautiful animations.
Written June 4, 2022
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LindaLuc1
Den Bosch, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands5 contributions
Family
We really enjoyed our visit, the staff is very helpful and friendly and we found it informative and nice. There is a nice sticker search game for small kids. Nowadays lots of museums are loud noisy and full of screens and this one isnt. Lovely atmosphere that we really enjoyed!
Written January 28, 2020
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John S
Melbourne, Australia1,835 contributions
Couples
We arrived right on opening time, 11am, and unfortunately some of the rooms didn't have the lights or displays turned on, so we had to wait for someone to return and do that.

This would be a much better museum if there were more English explanations, however even without the English we were able to get a good understanding of the displays.
Written May 28, 2016
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Maria G
Athens, Greece61 contributions
Couples
We were really disappointed by the fact that there were no english captions, only dutch. As a result it was impossible for us to understand what it was we were seeing. The dutch children seemed to have fun there though...
I think that there should have been a warning that the museum is only for Dutch people..
Written October 26, 2017
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Hendrik_NL
Vlaardingen, The Netherlands7,200 contributions
Couples
Many well known museums are transformed into "experiences", with the core business to please children, but the Sonnenborgh museum is still an "old fashioned" museum, steeped in history. The building goes back to a laboratory, in use in the 17th century, constructed on a bulwark from the 16th century. In the 19th century the Utrecht observatory was relocated from a place in the city walls to the Sonnenborgh building. Famous people have guided this institute, to mention one well known name: mr. Buys Ballot. The original telescope can be admired and is still in function on special occasions. Interesting is the library, which had the same interior for more than a century. I wonder about some negative reviews of this museum on TA and I am not sure if those reveiwers have visited all the rooms properly. All explanations at the exhibits are in Dutch and in English. Furthermore, the museum is very gripping and has an interesting history. A dedicated tablet may be borrowed from the box office, presenting even more to-the-point explanations. Entrance for a fee. Free entrance with the Dutch annual museum pass. Special events carry an additional fee.
Written December 7, 2019
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maurits w
Utrecht, The Netherlands18 contributions
Friends
I work in the building next to it so may be prejudiced. This is a friendly little star gazing place on a hill filled with trees.These were once the bulwarks of Utrecht. Across the street starts Nieuwegracht, the most beauitful canal in the Netherlands.
Written January 10, 2014
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Ardhanareeshvara
Pune, India908 contributions
Couples
Perched on the old buttress walls ,located in the former Sonnenborgh bastion is the Museum and Observatory,
This dates back to 1551 and is one of the three bastions south of the old city centre,
Watching over a bend in the canal it makes a striking sight and the pathways and green cover around it add to the panorama.
Written August 23, 2019
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VPVerwey
Cape Town, South Africa248 contributions
This museum is only for people interested in star-stuff, its small and very pretty, not much on show but what there is, is well presented and very interesting. Just a quick walk around and your done but I felt satisfied with the experience.
Written June 24, 2016
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Steve D
Enschede, The Netherlands1,388 contributions
Couples
I am a huge astronomy nut and this place was great! I mainly went on a Sunday to see the Sun through the 2 telescopes they had. Really enjoyed the visit! The building was also a garrison a long time ago.
Written May 2, 2016
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RJRJK
Aalsmeer, The Netherlands185 contributions
The observatory is a small but very interesting museum close to the town centre of Utrecht. It was part of the local University and in the 1930s - 50s fundamental research was done discovering amongst others what the sun is made of. You can see the equipment used, touch a meteorite, view the sun (or a nearby church tower when it's cloudy) through a vintage telescope and admire beautiful images of the moon and planets. Highlight our our visit was the guided tour and college by mr. Jan Kuperus, one of the museum volunteers. His explanation of our solar system, the milky way, black holes and much more were truly entertaining and educational!
Written December 21, 2015
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  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Fri 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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