Museumeiland 1
9700 ME
Phone: +31(0)50-3666555
Fax: +31(0)50-3120815

Groninger Museum

The Groninger Museum is well-known for its exceptional and colourful building and also because of its fascinating exhibitions and intriguing collection.The Groninger Museum has proven over the years that a museum can be a place for both study and relaxation. It is bursting with artistic energy, which is obvious as you pass by.

The Groninger Museum reopend in 1994. Right from the outset, it was certain that the new Groninger Museum would be designed by several architects. Alessandro Mendini chose designers and architects for this purpose: Philipe Starck, Michele de Lucchi and Coop Himmelb(l)au.
In 2010 the Groninger Museum closed for renovation. Three brandnew museumspaces were created. For the Groninger Museum Jaime Hayon designed the decoration of the hypermodern Info Center. Studio Job designed the lounge and Maarten Baas decorated the Mendini Restaurant.

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Permanent Collection

The collection of the Groninger Museum holds: Modern Art (from 1950 until the present), Traditional Painting (from approx. 1500 to 1950), Archaeology and History of Groningen and an important collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. These collections are exhibited in an extraordinary museumbuilding, which was constructed in 1994. It was mainly designed by the Italian architect Alessandro Mendini, and he completed the task along with other famous designers and architects. For example, the French designer Philippe Starck designed the pavilion for Chinese and Japanese porcelain. The Austrian architect Wolf D. Prix of the Coop Himmelb(l)au Office designed the most eye-catching pavilion. In 2001, the pavilion that had been designed by the Italian Michele De Lucchi was re-opened after large-scale renovation. It is now used primarily to exhibit the work of the Groningen artists’ association De Ploeg. This renovation could only be realized thanks to generous funding by the Beringer Hazewinkel Foundation. The other exhibition rooms, the entrance hall, the repository, the shop, the café-restaurant, the auditorium, the underwater café, the library, and the educational areas were designed by the main architect Alessandro Mendini.


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Admission Fees
• Adults - € 10 (an extra charge of € 2 will apply to the admission of the larger exhibitions)
• 65+ ticket - € 9
• Children up to 12 years old - free
• Children from 13 to 17 years old - € 5
• Cultural Youth Pass / Students - € 8
• Museum Friend or Donator – free
• Museum pass holder – free
• Groups (upwards of 10 people, without discount pass) - € 9 p.p.
• School groups - € 2 p.p.
• Elemantary School groups - free
Prices subject to changes

Opening hours

Open: Tuesday through Sunday and holidays from 10 AM - 5 PM. Closed: on Mondays, 1 January, 25 December.

Getting there

- By public transport
The Museum is situated opposite the bus and railway station and within easy walking distance of the city centre. Train travel information can be obtained from the Netherlands Railways information services.

- By car
Coming via the A7 or A28 (via Zwolle), follow from the 'Europaplein' the signposts for 'Centrum'. Then follow the P-route which will enable you to park your car in the city centre. Along the P-route, digital signs indicate whether or not space is available in the car parks ('vol' or 'vrij'). If a car park is full ('vol'), follow the parking route on to the next one.
If you wish to stay longer in the city centre, it is more convenient and less expensive to park your car on the edge of town and take the P+R Citybus to the inner city. As you approach town, signs will indicate the way to the nearest P+R Citybus point.


- Accessibility
The Groninger Museum provides easy access to wheelchair users. Moreover, there are several wheelchairs that can be borrowed. It is advisable to order one of these in advance (telephone +31 (0)50 3 666 555). Further facilities: toilets for disabled.
Drivers with a disability permit can park on one of the two specially reserved parking bays on the Ubbo Emmiussingel, adjoining the Museum.

Further facilities:

-Information Centre
Would you like to know more about the most recent exhibition, or about an artist? More about fashion, photography, design, or painting? The Groningen Museum Library, which is over a century old, can answer many of your questions. You will find literature on all the Museum's collections: Visual Art - both modern and old, Regional Archaeology and History, and Applied Art.

The Library has a unique collection of exhibition catalogues, without compare in the northern Netherlands, obtained primarily via trading with museums throughout the world. The extensive collection of books on Chinese and Japanese applied art and the magazines on fashion and trends are of especial interest.

Pictures of the works in the Museum collection and overviews of the exhibition rooms can be found in the image archives.
These images can be purchased and/or hired. Please contact the Image Archives( for more information.

Hours of opening: Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM

- Mendini Restaurant
A cup of coffee, a delectable lunch, delicious friandises in the shape of the Museum ... a great deal of thought has gone into all the products, as you can taste! The menu always has a special connection to the exh...+ [ Read all ]

Museum internal and external photos (7)

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News and events



The Groninger Museum has developed a varity of educational programmes for different kinds of schooling.


Group Visits and Guided Tours

The official Museum guides will receive you and your guests, and show you around the Groninger Museum. The central topic of the tour is either the main exhibition, the Museum collection, or the remarkable architecture of the building. If you wish, you can combine a guided tour with various catering options.
For additional information, please phone the Booking Desk, +31 (0)50 3 666 555 between 10.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 17.00, Tuesday to Friday, or e-mail:

Information for external guides
Guided tours of the large-scale temporary exhibitions may only be given by Groninger Museum guides. Other external guides are welcome during other exhibitions if they have informed the Museum of their intentions in advance. Please contact the Booking Desk, +31 (0)50 3 666 555 between 10.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 17.00, Tuesday to Friday, or e-mail the Booking Desk


The Groninger Museum has developed a varity of educational programmes for different kinds of schooling.


The Museum has developed a number of programmes especially for children. There are courses and childrens parties, but it is also possible to allow a child alone or with a friend to discover the Museum by means of "Art Trek". This is an audio tour through which children (8 years and older) can explore the museum on their own, making little assignments and thinking about architecture and art while they go.

Venue hire

The Groninger Museum is an exceptional location for receiving guests for a party or dinner, or for meetings and symposia. The Museum offers its reception rooms, knowledge, and prestige. The architecture and ambience are unique and the combination of art and culture gives your gathering an extra dimension.

To discuss the desired programme, to pay a visit to the location, or for other inquiries, please contact the Public Activities Department, telephone +31 (0)50 3 666 555 during office hours, Monday through Thursday, or e-mail