About the Grootste Museum van Nederland

A ‘Michelin star’ for churches

The Grootste Museum van Nederland is an initiative of Museum Catharijneconvent. In 2016 the museum published the monumental Kerkinterieurs in Nederland, which shows distinctive interiors of hundred churches in the Netherlands. That book gave us the idea of making Dutch churches better known to the public at large. Now we are broadening the spectrum with houses of worship from various traditions and times. Twenty-one superb monuments representing different faiths now underpin this project. This number will grow in the coming year with at least eight more partners. The churches, synagogues, mosques and temples stand out for their remarkable histories, architecture and works of art. From an idyllic village church out in the countryside to an impressive medieval mosque in a city centre. From world-famous stained-glass windows to colourful interiors painted from floor to ceiling. All religiously active places of worship that deserve a ‘Michelin star’.

Museum Catharijneconvent

Museum Catharijneconvent is the Dutch national museum for Christian art. The Christian culture has been an integral part of Dutch society since the Middle Ages. The beauty, history and significance of the heritage from our rich and unique religious tradition make it relevant to everyone. You can see and witness it in the permanent collection or special exhibitions in Museum Catharijneconvent and at the locations of the Grootste Museum van Nederland.

Information for visitors

Museum Catharijneconvent is open to the public. Please check the website www.catharijneconvent.nl for the latest updates about opening times and tickets.

Dutch church interiors

Kerkinterieurs in Nederland is the scholarly basis for the Grootste Museum van Nederland. The book was produced in close collaboration with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. The church interiors are described by more than fifty specialists. Arjan Bronkhorst illustrated the book brilliantly with his photographs. They are superb evocations of all the interiors, and are used lavishly on our website to underscore the beauty of the churches. Kerkinterieurs in Nederland is now the standard work on the Dutch church interior. Click here to order a copy.

Joint venture

Participants in the Grootste Museum van Nederland are:

  • Almelo, Yunus Emre Mosque
  • Amsterdam, Basilica of St Nicholas
  • Amsterdam, Portuguese Synagogue
  • Breda, Grote Kerk
  • Enschede, Synagogue
  • Gouda, Church of St John
  • Haarlem, KoepelKathedraal
  • Heilig Landstichting, Cenacle Church
  • Katwijk aan Zee, Sufi Temple Universel
  • Krewerd, Mariakerk
  • Maastricht, Basilica of Our Lady Star of the Sea
  • Middelstum, Sint-Hippolytuskerk
  • Midwolde, Adelskerk
  • Oudenbosch, Basilica of Sts Agatha and Barbara
  • Pieterburen, Petruskerk
  • Roermond, Munster Church
  • Rotterdam, Cathedral of Saint Nicholas
  • Utrecht, Dom Cathedral
  • Utrecht, Ulu Mosque
  • Waalwijk, Church of St John the Baptist
  • Zutphen, St Walburga's Church
  • Zwolle, Academiehuis Grote Kerk

The VriendenLoterij is the main partner of the Grootste Museum van Nederland. The project was also supported by a financial contribution from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Mondriaan Fund.