Museum Gouda has a unique collection. From 16th-century altar pieces, 17th-century militia group portraits to French and Dutch paintings from the 19th century (The Hague School). Take a leap into the past and travel back in time to 1562 with the interactive city model. You can also enjoy the famous Gouda pottery, known as Gouds plateel, as well as the large open depot with clay pipes, modern art, silverware and many other objects.

Opening hours

Museum Gouda Tuesday to Sunday 11h - 17h
The Museum café from Tuesday to Saturday 10h - 17h
The Museum café Sunday 11h - 17h

Both Museum Gouda and the Museum Café are CLOSED on Mondays. Please note that Museum Gouda is CLOSED on the following public holidays: New year's Day - 1 January, Easter Sunday - 31 March 2024 and Christmas Day - 25 December. On King's Day - 27 April 2024, the museum is open from 1pm to 4pm.

Work in progress

Due to work in progress, sometimes certain parts of the museum are not accessible. Unfortunately, this cannot be avoided. Our apologies for any inconvenience.
The following museum galleries will be closed temporarily on mentioned dates. Please take note when planning your visit, to avoid any disappointments.

From June 10th to June 14th the exhibition room of the Gouda Pottery is closed.

Admission prices and tickets

Adults € 14,50
Students € 7
0 - 17 years free
ICOM, Museumkaart* free

*The Museumkaart can be purchased at the admission desks in Museum Gouda, or ordered online via the Museumkaart website:

Address and route

Museum Gouda
Oosthaven 9 | Achter de Kerk 14
2801 PB Gouda
Tel: +31 (0)182 33 10 00

Walking from the NS Railway station
It is a 10-minute walk from the NS Railway station to Museum Gouda. Follow the signs marked VVV; from the Marktplein, you will find signs to Museum Gouda. You can use our entrance at Achter de Kerk 14.

By car
Parking tip: Q-Park Bolwerk underground parking (Sint Mariewal 3). Follow the Hoge Gouwe from the underground car park and the signs marked VVV; from the Marktplein, you will find signs to Museum Gouda. You can use our entrance at Achter de Kerk 14.


Museum Gouda has limited accessibility for the disabled. Disabled persons are advised to use the entrance at Oosthaven 9.

There is a parking space for the disabled on the Noodgodsbrug, between Oosthaven and Westhaven. A wheelchair is available; we recommend booking the wheelchair in advance.

The altarpieces, the civic guard portraits, the rooms with the temporary exhibition, the city scale model, and the Treasury are easily accessible.

The Gouda earthenware and the French/Hague School are more difficult to access. Unfortunately, there is no lift in the museum (as this is a listed building). We have a small present for those who are unable to visit the upper floor.

Temporary exhibitions

Henri Breetvelt - Quirky designer (small exhibition)
He sought out the limits of what was possible and customary in his time: plate painter Henri Breetvelt. A special collection of decorative vases and wall plates by this exceptional craftsman are on display at Museum Gouda.

Blazing Fires - Treasures from the Rijksmuseum
The relationship between man and fire is the thread running through this exhibition: on some artworks no more than a flickering candle, on others devastating flames. Magnificent works from the Rijksmuseum are interspersed with pieces from the museum's own collection, and together they tell the story of Blazing Fires.

The artworks take visitors through past centuries, through everyday scenes and crackling sea battles. Paintings provide a glimpse into the life of the past and at the same time show how artists themselves played with fire to set a certain atmosphere or add symbolism. Besides overarching themes such as domestic fire and the destructive power of fire, the exhibition also zooms in on Gouda's industry. Fire was indispensable for the pipe maker or potter.


Are you visiting Museum Gouda with your (grand)children? The museum offers various activities to make their visit even more fun. Meet the rich beer brewer Dirck van Reynegom and discover why the colossal St. John's Church is in ruins ...

Museum café

Tuesday to Saturday10am - 5pm
Sunday11am - 5pm

Museum café Gouda is the place to go for a nice cup of coffee, cake, and lunch in a wonderful museum surrounding. In the summer, you can enjoy your drink on the terrace of the beautiful museum garden, an oasis of calm in the city. The museum café is located at the entrance at Achter de Kerk 14. More information on:

Museum shop

We stock a selection of books, collectables and momentos for all ages – perfect to remember your visit to Museum Gouda! We also sell related (gift) items during special exhibitions.

E-mail addresses

Do you have a question? Contact us at one of the addresses below: