Museums

Museums in the city Groningen

Before starting with the article about the museums in Groningen, I would strongly recommend for everybody who is a museum enthusiast to purchase the museum card (https://www.museumkaart.nl/). This museum card costs 60 euro and it is valid for 1 year. With the card, you will be able to visit museums in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and all museums in the Netherlands. Note: not all museums accept the museum card, however the majority museums do. The museums that do not accept the card are usually private museums which the entry fee does not cost as much as national museum’s. In addition, be aware that usually museums in the EU do not work on Monday.

Groningen Museum

Groningen Museums right now is the most Hanze- RUG University students’ friendly museums in Groningen. If you are student in Groningen, and you have a student card you get a free entrance. The museums building is super modernistic and facing the Central train station of Groningen. The museums consist of a traveling exhibition that stays for a few months and a permanent exhibition related to the artists, history and culture of Groningen.  

University Museum

The university museum is related to the history and discoveries of the RUG university. The entrance is free for everybody. The museum has regularly small new exhibitions. The permanent exhibition is related to the history of Aletta Jocobs (the first woman to attend a Dutch University officially) and human and animal’s dissection parts. After visiting this museum probably, you will be shocked but also amused about the human body. The museum is in the city center (Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 7a), slightly hidden in a small street.

Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum (Northern Maritime Museum)

This museum is about the history of the northern Dutch shipping and shipbuilding from the Middle Ages until today. The exhibition contains Hanseatic shipping in the Middle Ages (this is the place to relate why Hanze University is named like that); Shipbuilding in wood and iron; Ship engines and more. If you have the museum card, the entrance is for free. Regular entrance ticket costs 6 euro. The museum is located near A- kerk at Brugstraat 24.

Graphic Museum Groningen -GRID

Graphic Museums in Groningen is related to the print history of how newspapers, magazines and posters are made. As a matter of fact, the Dutch typography practices in the past and now set the trends of typography and design. Typography is all those names of the letter types (as Calibri, Arial etc.) and they are hard, time consuming (and expensive) to create. All the machines in the museum work from the historic presses and ultramodern risograph, the typesetting machines and the machines in the bindery. The changing exhibitions in GRID focus on various aspects of the printmaking profession, printmaking history and graphic art. The museum is located at Sint Jansstraat 2 which is close to Martini Tower. With the museums card the entrance is for free, and for students the fee is 5 euro.

Stripmuseum

This museum is about collections of comic books, magazines, and comic strips taken from newspapers and magazines. There is also sketches of how comics are done. Inside the museums, there is also a comics shop with up to date and famous comics such as Asterix. With the museum card the entrance is for free and without the card the price for students is 5 euro. The location of the museums is at Westerhaven 71 and the entrance is above the McDonalds.

St Museum Canadian Allied Forces

The Canadian museum is related to the Second World War (1940-1945) events on the territory of Groningen. The Canadian Allied Forces helped continuously the population which is under occupation with food supplies. Eventually, the Canadian Allied Forced helped in freeing the region of Groningen under Nazi rule. The museum aims at preserving the memory of the events by having collections of tanks, cars, planes, machine guns, clothes and photography from that time. The museum is private; therefore, the museum card is not valid. Unfortunately, currently the museum is being relocated to Grootgast (town in the province of Groningen) and it is expected to be open for the festivity days related to Second World War in May 2018.

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