Miffy or ミッフィー, otherwise known as Nijntje in the Netherlands is a little white rabbit with two dots for eyes and a cross for her mouth. It is the main character in a picture book series created by illustrator, author, artist and graphic designer – Dick Bruna (23 August 1927 – 16 February 2017).
Previously Dick Bruna House, Nijntje / Miffy Museum in Utrecht was opened on 18 February 2016 with almost 1000m² of exhibit area. It is actually NOT a typical museum! The entire space is more like an indoor ‘soft’ play haven perfect for children between two and six years of age. It is devoted to everything Miffy!
There are ten inspired rooms spread within three floors. Children are free to touch all surfaces, crawl into spaces, dance around and make noises while they learn and play. These ten themed rooms are based on Miffy’s book series with original Dick Bruna’s artwork everywhere. At Miffy’s house, the children can bake cakes in the kitchen and do some gardening. They can continue their journey by playing dress-up at the doctor, stroke wild animals at the zoo, play games, read books, make crafts, do some coloring or drawing and much more. The children are able learn about road safety system which comes complete with automatic barriers, pedestrian crossings, traffic signs, a bus on runner and several available tricycles to ride on. It is an adventure exploring and discovering familiar everyday world from the children’s perspective. Parents would enjoy it too!
Miffy Museum is definitely one of the best museums in the Netherlands tailored for kids. Because of that, it has fantastic facilities for your convenience. There are available lockers for bags, coat racks, spacious buggy parking area, children’s toilets, low height sinks, breast feeding room, nappy changing area and handicap restroom. While there is no restaurant on site, you are allowed to bring your own food and snack into the museum. A forest theme room on the upper floor is the place where you can have your picnic lunch.
Miffy Museum is part of the Centraal Museum across the street. This is where the ticket counter, museum shop and restaurant/cafe are located. To avoid disappointment, get your tickets online. You will need to choose your arrival time. Do take note that it is usually crowded on weekends. Still worth a visit!
Address: Agnietenstraat 2. 3512 XB Utrecht.
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. Closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and King’s Day.
Entrance Fees: €10.00 for kids age 2-12 years old and €6.00 for all over 12 years old. Children under 2 years old and Museumkaart holders enter free. Family ticket (valid for 2 adults and 2 children) costs €23.50. €1.00 discount when you purchase your tickets online. Combi tickets with Centraal Museum and annual season ticket are available too.
Getting There: https://nijntjemuseum.nl/plan-your-visit/address-and-directions/?lang=en