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Bonnefanten Museum

Learn the long history of art in this extensive museum which features spectacular works from the medieval age along with paintings of contemporary masters.

Browse one of the Netherland’s most prominent collections of modern art in the Bonnefanten Museum. This expansive gallery space features works from the School of Paris and minimalism alongside a number of spectacular historic works. Among the paintings, browse sculptures collected from all over Europe. Even the building is a work of art, with its ornate housing considered one of the finest buildings in Maastricht.

Though originally built in 1884, the Bonnefanten Museum was moved to its modern location in 1995. To locals, it is known as the “Ceramique.” Its dome, designed by architect Aldo Rossi, is easily recognized from around the city. This modern masterpiece is historically known for its combined in-house collections of modern and historical art. Visitors today, however, will find the influences of contemporary dominating its exhibits.

Notable artists like Luciano Fabro, Iannis Kounnelis and Sol LeWitt, who specialise in conceptual, minimalist and neo-expressionist art, feature in the museum’s primary displays. Wander an exhibition space dedicated to Maastricht’s art scene and experience a conceptual movie adventure in its video room. 

The museum’s ancient art is found on the first floor. Browse a collection of 14th and 15th-century Italian paintings. Also of note are Dutch and Flemish works from the 16th century. Nearby, a rare display of medieval sculpture is well worth some time. See altarpieces from across Western Europe and peruse collections of trinkets carved from ivory, alabaster and wood.

Before exiting, try some local Dutch treats in the modern Café Ipanema, the in-house snack vendor. Afterwards, browse the shop for an art-related souvenir. 

Find the Bonnefanten Museum on Avenue Ceramique along the River Maas. Walk there from the city centre or catch the bus down the road. Drivers can also find paid parking. The museum is open daily except Mondays and there is an admission fee.  


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Lodging Near Bonnefanten Museum

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NH Maastricht

NH Maastricht

Forum 110, Maastricht
4.1
of 5, from 398 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Maastricht hotel is located in Randwijck, within 1 mi (2 km) of Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre and Bonnefanten Museum. Basilica of Our Lady and Natural History Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$110
Crowne Plaza Maastricht

Crowne Plaza Maastricht

De Ruiterij 1, Maastricht
4.2
of 5, from 292 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Maastricht hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Centre Ceramique, Basilica of Our Lady, and Bonnefanten Museum. Market and Natural History Museum are also within 15 minutes.

$60
Kaboom Hotel Maastricht

Kaboom Hotel Maastricht

Stationsplein 1, Maastricht
4.4
of 5, from 145 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Wijck, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Centre Ceramique, Bonnefanten Museum, and Basilica of Our Lady. Market and St. Servaas Church are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$77
Amrâth Grand Hotel de l'Empereur

Amrâth Grand Hotel de l'Empereur

Stationsstraat 2, Maastricht
3.6
of 5, from 687 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Wijck, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Centre Ceramique, Bonnefanten Museum, and Basilica of Our Lady. Market and St. Servaas Church are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$70
The Student Hotel Maastricht

The Student Hotel Maastricht

Sphinxcour 9A, Maastricht
4.2
of 5, from 24 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Boschstraatkwartier, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stadhuis and Market. St. Servaas Church and Basilica of Our Lady are also within 15 minutes.

$77
Bastion Hotel Maastricht Centrum

Bastion Hotel Maastricht Centrum

Boschstraat 27, Maastricht
3.8
of 5, from 555 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Boschstraatkwartier, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stadhuis and Market. St. Servaas Church and Basilica of Our Lady are also within 15 minutes.

$87
Select Hotel Apple Park Maastricht

Select Hotel Apple Park Maastricht

Pierre De Coubertinweg 3, Maastricht
3.7
of 5, from 270 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Wittevrouwenveld, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of De Geusselt Stadium, Bonnefanten Museum, and Market. Basilica of Our Lady and St. Servaas Church are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$106
Van der Valk Hotel Maastricht

Van der Valk Hotel Maastricht

Nijverheidsweg 35, Maastricht
4.3
of 5, from 300 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Heer, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre and Bonnefanten Museum. Basilica of Our Lady and Market are also within 2 mi (3 km).