Museum Gouda
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
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 14 November 2023
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Thank you so much for your review and the wonderful pictures!
Written 17 April 2024
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Laura PeGr
Eindhoven, The Netherlands1,462 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Fairly large museum on the history of the city of Gouda. Many objects, paintings and more, interactive museum also suitable for children.
Written 2 April 2023
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Thank you for your positive review!
Written 17 April 2024
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands21,515 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 7 November 2022
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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium36,474 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 21 March 2021
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exploringwithjune
The Netherlands321 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 26 January 2021
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Natalja M
The Hague, The Netherlands1,956 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 1 December 2020
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albertv1527
Utrecht, The Netherlands674 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
Diverse little collections in an atmospheric old building. The star attraction for me was the Gouda ceramics section (applied art). Also the scale model of the medieval city, the old pharmacy and the exhibition on still lifes I found interesting.
Explanatory texts are in both Dutch and English.
A visit will take one to two hours depending on how much time you spend on studying the details of the items on display.
Written 10 November 2019
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JRB122
Amsterdam, The Netherlands55 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 29 September 2019
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masoares
Rio de Janeiro, RJ594 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
We haven't really entered the Museum, but only the outside gardens and the cafeteria at the entrance are already worth the visit (and are free). There are several sculptures in the gardens, which also have tables to the cafe. There is an interior area to the cafe, also with some museum items to be seen. You can also enjoy a very nice coffee and pastries there in a comfortable table. Very worth it!
Written 17 June 2019
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J E
Austin, TX2,758 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We bought a package ticket with the Sint Janskerk. It was 15 Euros per person to get entry into both plus a cup of coffee in the museum cafe. The museum is ok. A bit unusual but good displays & exhibits. I don't know if we would have gone here on our own. However, it was a good way to spend a few hours. We only spent a small amount of time in the café but it is really cute. I did enjoy the clay pipe exhibit. Is a large museum.
Written 9 May 2019
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