Groninger Museum

Groninger Museum information

Groningen City , The Netherlands
Address
Street Museumeiland 1
More information
www.groningermuseum.nl
Prices
adult/child €13/3
Opening hours
10am-5pm Tue-Sun, to 10pm Fri
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Lonely Planet review

Arriving by train, it's impossible to miss the Groninger Museum. Occupying three islands in the middle of the canal in front of the station, the museum is, at the very least, a striking structure that will draw an opinion from any observer. The main collection is a eclectic mix of international artworks from throughout the the ages. Look for the oriental porcelain.

The colourful, oddly shaped museum was the brainchild of architect Alessandro Mendini, who invited three 'guest architects' to each tackle a section. This explains why, to many, the museum has little consistency and appears thrown together at a whim. Inside, things are quite different; bright, pastel colours add life to the large, square exhibition rooms, and natural light seeps in from all angles.

The large spaces below the waterline, which have flooded in the past, are used for temporary exhibitions; like the curatorial direction, they are a wonderfully eccentric mix.