Groninger Museum

Groninger Museum information

Location
Groningen , The Netherlands
Address
Museumeiland 1
Telephone
+31 366 65 55
More information
www.groningermuseum.nl
Prices
adult/child €13/3
Opening hours
10am-5pm Tue-Sun, to 10pm Fri
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Those arriving by train can't help but notice the Groninger Museum. Occupying three islands in the ring canal in front of the station, the museum is, at the very least, a striking structure that will draw an opinion from any observer. Within is a scintillating mix of international artworks from through the ages.

The wildly eclectic architecture was the brainchild of Alessandro Mendini, who invited three of his fellow 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 exhibition halls, and natural light seeps in from all angles.

The Mendini Pavilion, a picture of deconstruction, holds temporary exhibitions; like the curatorial direction, they are a wonderfully eccentric mix.