About the Dutch Museum Churches

A ‘Michelin star’ for churches

The Dutch Museum Churches is an initiative of Museum Catharijneconvent. In 2016 the museum published the monumental Kerkinterieurs in Nederland, which singles out 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. Eighteen superb monuments representing different faiths now underpin this project. The churches and synagogues stand out for their remarkable histories, architecture and works of art. From an idyllic village church out in the countryside to an impressive medieval basilica in a city centre. From world-famous stained-glass windows to colourful interiors painted from floor to ceiling. All religiously active churches that deserve a ‘Michelin star’.

Artist impression van Het Grootste Museum van Nederland

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 Dutch Museum Churches.

Information for visitors

Due to national Covid-19 regulation, Museum Catharijneconvent is temporarily closed to the public. Please check the website www.catharijneconvent.nl for the latest updates about digital activities and upcoming exhibitions.

Dutch church interiors

Kerkinterieurs in Nederland is the scholarly basis for the Dutch Museum Churches. 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 Dutch Museum Churches are:

  • Amsterdam, Basilica of St Nicholas
  • Amsterdam, Portuguese Synagogue
  • Breda, Grote Kerk
  • Enschede, Synagogue
  • Gouda, Church of St John
  • Haarlem, Cathedral
  • Heilig Landstichting, Cenacle Church
  • 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
  • Utrecht, Dom Cathedral
  • Waalwijk, Church of St John the Baptist
  • Zutphen, St Walburga's Church
  • Zwolle, Academiehuis Grote Kerk

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