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“Museum in historic building with interesting collection” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museum Gouda

Museum Gouda
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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353 reviews
134 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
“Museum in historic building with interesting collection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

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

Visited September 2013
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Lyon, France
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Museum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

It is a good way to see the history of Gouda and the Middle Ages.
There is nothing to dislike, it is a beautiful museum and the scenery is good with restaurants and a walk through the old city.

Visited July 2012
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Montreal
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“After the St Jan's Kerk,the museum!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

Liked the children's area,the Gouda pottery exhibit,the paintings,,a Jan Steen or two...and antiques of various kinds?
The gift shop was very limited.
The Cafe was most elegant though the service left something to be desired!
apple cake is omnipresent throughout Holland and I have tried many.this was quite good and I shared with my sister in law.

Visited April 2013
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Mons, Belgium
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173 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Off-Beat Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

The Museum is by historic standards not great, little available to non-Dutch speakers, but the whole building has a wonderful feeling, and the city itself contributes to make this place a nice visit. The proximity of the Church and the Town Hall make it a pleasant visit, as the building hosting the museum is maybe the real attraction.

Visited April 2013
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Gouda, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

It is a small museum but very interesting with a combination of furniture and objects besides paintings from different periods.

Visited October 2012
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