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Nijntje Museum (Miffy Museum) in Utrecht

The city of Utrecht hosts a very special museum inspired by Dick Bruna’s famous rabbit character Nijntje, also known as Miffy outside of the Netherlands. The name Nijntje is derived from the Dutch konijntje meaning little rabbit.

Dick Bruna (1927-2017) was a renowned Dutch author and illustrator. An Utrecht native, he produced the Nijntje character in 1955 and went on to publish around 120 children’s books selling millions of copies in multiple languages.

The museum was opened in 2006 as the Dick Bruna House. In 2016 it was renovated and rebranded as the Nijntje Museum or Miffy Museum. More recently in 2022-23 it underwent a major renovation and expansion and is now 1,500m² in area.

It is part of the Centraal Museum on the other side of the street which contains a varied collection of art and historical objects.

nijntje museum entrance
Nijntje Museum – entrance
nijntje museum entrance hall
Nijntje Museum – entrance hall

The expanded Nijntje Museum has 12 miniature rooms over 3 floors with safe, hands-on activities for children. The museum is aimed at the core age group of 2-6 year olds.

There is a one-way walking route to make your way through the museum.

Each room is dedicated to an everyday theme – cooking in the kitchen, an animal zoo, a visit to the doctor’s, plants in the garden etc – all decorated with illustrations from the Miffy books.

nijntje museum front garden
Nijntje’s Front Garden
kitchen in Nintje's house (Nijntje museum)
Kitchen in Nijntje’s House
nijntje museum doctor's
nijntje museum Betje's shop
Betje’s Shop

Perhaps our favourite is the road and traffic ‘town’ area where little ones can learn about traffic signs whilst riding a trike and operating a level crossing barrier.

nijntje museum the town
Nijntje Museum – the town

There is a new projection room on the 2nd floor attic showing a ‘Boris and the Umbrella’ animation.

nijntje museum projection room
Projection Room

The museum provides fun and educational activities for kids. Parents/carers will appreciate the small touches – plenty of buggy/stroller parking space, low placed banisters for climbing upstairs, special children’s sinks/toilets and a picnic area. There are some art and craft activities on offer as well, particularly if you visit at weekends.

nijntje museum 'street' corridor
Nijntje Museum ‘street’ corridor
nijntje museum wc at the woods
WC at the woods
miffy books room (House of Dick Bruna) - nijntje museum
Miffy books (House of Dick Bruna) room
nijntje museum ground floor utrecht exhibit
Utrecht exhibit on the ground floor

The museum is popular with local children so can get busy. It is essential to book a specific time slot as tickets are no longer available at-the-door.

There is a café on the ground floor with plenty of options for kids. Note, it has card only payments with orders taken via screens.

nijntje museum cafe
Nijntje Museum café

If you are looking for a fun place to bring young children and/or you are a fan of Dick Bruna’s art then the Nijntje Museum is certainly worthy of a visit.

Nijntje Museum Essential Info

Nijntje Museum Opening Hours

1000-1700 (Tue-Sun), closed Mondays.

Nijntje Museum Tickets & Admission

€12 for children 2-6, €8 for children 7-17 and adults. FREE entry to children 0-1 and Museumkaart holders.

Tickets/timeslots must be booked in advance.

How to Get to Nijntje Museum

The museum is located in Utrecht’s Museum Quarter near the city centre. It is about 20 minutes walk from Utrecht Central Station and 10 minutes walk from Utrecht Vaartsche Rijn station.

U-OV bus 2 runs from Utrecht Central to just outside the museum (stop: Centraal Museum).

nijntje museum bus 2
Bus 2 to the Nijntje Museum

Address / Contact

Nijntje Museum, Agnietenstraat 2, 3512 XB Utrecht

Last update 22 April 2024, first published in 2019.

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