Rich history, science and modern art
The city of Groningen features various museums and galleries. The Groninger Museum, for example, is a must for every art lover. But outside the city are also great museum to discover. From locomotives, trains, and tea history, to noble households and LEGO blocks. Museums to marvel, build, play and try out.
These walls exude creative energy. Do you like it? The Groninger Museum was established in 1994, and has been a talking point about modern architecture ever since. This alone is sufficient reason for a visit. Enjoy a complete experience of the varied and interesting collection and the innovative and sometimes provocative temporary exhibitions.
The Northern Nautical Museum (Northern Nautical Museum) is located in two of the most beautiful mediaeval buildings in the city. This is where you can immerse yourself in the history of shipping in the north of the Netherlands. In addition, regularly changing history and art exhibitions are on display throughout the year.
Openluchtmuseum Het Hoogeland
The past comes to life in the heart of the village of Warffum in the north of the province of Groningen. In the Openluchtmuseum Het Hoogeland open-air museum, see what the countryside was like over a century ago and how people used to live and work here.
Take a special trip with the Museumspoorlijn STAR museum railway. The historic railway between Veendam and Stadskanaal forms an industrial monument in the Peat District. Join an excursion for all ages and go back into time on the border of Groningen and Drenthe.
Storyworld is the newest museum of comics, animation and games in the Netherlands, but it’s also the coolest and the most fun museum to go to. Storyworld unlocks the secrets of great storytellers, showcasing the methods used in Dutch and international comics, animation and games. Because every single superhero or villain originally started out as a pencilled line on a blank sheet of paper. From Asterix and Aladdin to The Red Turtle and Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn.
The Veenkoloniaal Museum (Peat District Museum) in Veendam tells the fascinating story of the Groningen peat colonies. Topics include peat extraction and peat diggers, the hundreds of inland vessels in dozens of kilometres of channels, the rich industry of starch and strawboard and the many souvenirs brought back by sailors, such as porcelain dog figurines.
The Menkemaborg in Uithuizen provides a tangible idea of how Groningen nobility lived in the 17th and 18th century. The interior of this house – which was a stone house in the 14th century – has remained unchanged, but through the years the Groningen estate house developed into its current Baroque magnificence. The gardens between the moats also provide an idea of how things were during the 18th century.
The only tea museum in the Netherlands is a true tea attraction where the entire story about tea is told. A visit to this museum constitutes a fascinating exploratory expedition through the world of tea, from the plant to the beverage. Look, smell, touch; all of the senses are involved here. An attractive tea room is established in the Theefabriek, with what may be the most extensive list of tea varieties and a fragrant tea shop.
The Universiteitsmuseum (University Museum) is a scientific museum located in the academic heart of the university city. The museum features a varied collection where nature, culture and science overlap. See scalpels for bleeding, the first X-ray tubes and human organs, in addition to a portrait gallery and the Aletta Jacobskamer.
The LEGiO Museum
The LEGiO museum is a museum featuring everything that has to do with LEGO®. This is where you come to look, build and play. The museum is located in the old LEGO Nederland building at the Legolaan in Grootegast; a historic location of LEGO, because it was established here from 1963 until 1998.