Stichting Museum Catharijneconvent is the national museum of Christian art and culture in the Netherlands. The museum aims for Christian heritage, inside as well as outside the walls of the museum. It wants to expose esthetical, cultural and historical values of Christian heritage with the goal to gain more perspective of the current world. The profile of het Catharijneconvent is in threefold. It administers the most important collection of art and cultural historical objects of Christian heritage in the Netherlands, it is a network museum with a lot of partners in the Netherlands and abroad and it is a national knowledge centre for Christian heritage.
The museum Welcome to Museum Catharijnecovent, where you can take knowledge of the present and past of Christianity in the Netherlands. Come to Utrecht and experience this fascinating history in a beautiful medieval monastery. The permanent collection The permanent collection of Museum Catharijneconvent comprises unique historical and art-historical exhibits ranging from the early mediaeval period to the 21st Century. This collection offers an insight into the Christian art and cultural history of the Netherlands and its influence on Dutch society. It includes richly illuminated manuscripts, jewelled book bindings, richly decorated images, unique paintings, altar pieces, ecclesiastical vestments and artefacts of gold and silver. Dutch art from the Golden Age of the 16th and 17th centuries is represented by Jan van Scorel, Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Pieter Saenredam. Of more recent vintage are works by Jan Toorop, Shinkichi Tajiri and Marc Mulders. The Museum Catharijneconvent collection contains both Protestant and Catholic artefacts, making it unique in the world. See also: In the museumshop we present an English catalogue with highlights of the permanent collection: (Publication) Christianity in the Netherlands. Highlights of the Museum Catharijneconvent. (Publication) Saskia van Haaren, Babette Hellemans, Jeroen Koch, Tanja Kootte, Janneke Raaijmakers, Joost de Wal, Guus van den Hout (preface) (Publication) ISBN 904008175 1 (Dutch), ISBN 904008223 5 (English), 112 p. (Publication) € 14,95 (Publication)