Museum Gouda
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Museum Gouda recounts the history of the wonderful city Gouda. You will see unique sixteenth century altarpieces, instruments of torture from the Middle Ages, seventeenth century civic guard group portraits and Gouda pottery, which is famous all over the world.
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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium28,762 contributions
Apr 2020
We visited the city museum with a combination ticket bought at St John’s church (17 euros pp. instead of 15, as mentioned in the tourist brochure). The museum wasn’t the local history museum we expected. The exhibits were a very mixed bag ranging from huge group portraits of the citizen militia and religious paintings to a lovely reconstructed hospital pharmacy and artefacts relating to the history of local production of clay pipes and glazed earthenware pottery. There were also several temporary exhibitions. Rather too much to take in in one go. As it was the first Sunday of the month, there was a free presentation of an impressive maquette of Gouda in the year 1562, when the town was still catholic and dotted with (later demolished) monasteries. The presentation wasn’t very lively though.

The museum is located in the medieval former St Catherine’s hospital and chapel and its layout is rather complicated. So, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the floor plan during the visit because we only found out later we had missed an interesting sounding basement section containing torture instruments and a lunatic's cell. For us, the best surprise was the lovely museum courtyard at Achter de Kerk with the cute Lazarus gate dating from 1609, which is one of the museum entrances. The courtyard is freely accessible.

Due to the pandemic, the museum is closed until March 30th 2021
Written March 21, 2021
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands20,110 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
The Museum Gouda is scenically located in quite historical premises, next to the famous church. It also has a great and very pretty museum café with good coffee and a lovely sculpture garden. I loved the big hall with the 17th century paintings, mostly of course the masterpiece by Ferdinand Bol.
Written November 7, 2022
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Natalja M
The Hague, The Netherlands1,346 contributions
Nov 2020 • Solo
A very nice museum, with all different pieces of historical heritages to be found: a surgeons’ room, pharmacy, chapel, ceramics, pottery and art exposition and even Saint Nicholas himself 😀but he is visiting till beg December due to his activities with children).

I love “ Still life”, temporary exhibition of Dutch and Belgium artists. Good learning techniques and colors.

The permanent collection contains the "Gouda Night Watch", painting by Rembrandt's student Ferdinand Bol and it’s pretty much like the original "Night Watch".

The courtyard of the museum is very special and restful.

Written December 1, 2020
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA35,336 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
I decided to hide from drizzle in the Museum Gouda, where one of the curators introduced me to the highlights of the collection. I went downstairs to see the torture chambers, the abysmal cell for mentally insane, then looked at the paintings in the gallery and at the huge paper scrolls with the design of the Sint-Janskerk stained glass windows. It is amazing how these scrolls are stil alive and the drawings are so distinct: they are made just on simple paper, which survived through the ages thanks to painstaking preservation techniques.

The surgeon room full of old medical instruments was also interesting. And the ceramics exhibit was a real gem; especially, the insects display. Then I explored the huge model of the city and enjoyed my coffee at the museum cafe, which was getting ready for the wedding.
Written November 14, 2023
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exploringwithjune
The Netherlands335 contributions
Sep 2020
The museum in Gouda is a great place to start if it's your first time in the city. You'll learn some more about the history and it is very centrally located, near the church and other places of interest.

You'll enter through the garden, which looks lovely. They have a patio, that might be used for events. Upon entering the building, you walk up to the front desk. Tickets are 12 euros. Kids under 17 can enter for free. After paying, you'll pass through a hall with lockers and a wardrobe. If I remember correctly, you'll also find the toilets here. All of the facilities looked clean and well kept.

Then you'll enter the actual museum. There are multiple rooms with different exhibitions. It was way larger than I expected. When we were there, the following exhibitions were on display:
- Some of the museums collection/the depot
- the history of Gouda; both political and economical
- Still life
- Ceramic vases
- Barbizon paintings
- Cold case; archeological excavations in the area of Gouda. Most of the pieces dated from the middle ages.

The building itself is also really worth seeing.

As you can see, they have a wide range of topics. Some are great for with kids, others are more traditionally set up as you would expect in a museum. Personally I loved the exhibition on the history, as I didn't know much about the city before visiting. The showcase was interactive and varied. Also, the cold case presentation was really nice. They really delved into the subject of how to date objects and how to put all the pieces of the archeological puzzle together.

After looking around, you can go to the gift shop.

It was a lovely day out and a surprisingly interesting visit.
Written January 26, 2021
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JRB122
Amsterdam, The Netherlands57 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
Especially the painting exhibition and the ceramic display are worth the visit. The garden of the museum is a wonderful location for a high tea.
Written September 29, 2019
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DaveNStAlbert
St Albert61 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Unless you are an expert in Dutch pottery, I can not see the value. Two exhibits were good. The scale model of Gouda in the 16th century was amazing and the audio visual presentation showing the growth of Gouda was illuminating. For me, it was a miss.
Written July 15, 2018
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Nelis_Cornelis
The Netherlands73 contributions
May 2018 • Business
Located in the old catholic hospital in the heart of the historic centre of Gouda, this museum is a building with many stories. The art collection is impressive and don't hesitate to ask the personell for some background stories. At the back side of the museum, you will find one of the most beautifull terraces of Holland, in the shadow of the St. Jan's Church, which you definately should pay a visit to.
Written May 8, 2018
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aafke b
Gouda, The Netherlands130 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
This museum turns out to be yet another jewel in Gouda's crown.
The cellar with torture chamber (with video explanation, special spectacles and a led-flashlight for reading the written stories on the floor) doesn't want to be missed.
During a Sunday visit to the Arntzenius collection visitors were offered the opportunity to sketch. There were free sketch-books and pencils available.
The topfloor with a beautiful array of "plateel" in various styles was also not be skipped

p.s. on a good day there's an adjacent café just outside between the museum and the Cathedral of St.John
Written March 21, 2017
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OV83
Gouda, The Netherlands34 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
Museum Gouda is a nice museum for people with specific interests. There is enough to see, but not really the top items. For that reason it is not so attractive for the big mass, though if you are really interested in art it might be quite interesting. Personally I liked the model of the old city of Gouda. There are also several paintings and a lot of pottery.
Written April 26, 2014
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