Miffy museum in Utrecht, Netherlands

Miffy museum in Utrecht, Netherlands

Some books and characters from your childhood remain with you forever. I don’t remember when I was first introduced to this delightful little rabbit but I have always loved Miffy! So when we were planning a trip to the Netherlands I put the Miffy Museum at the top of my to do list. My husband was a little dubious but I convinced him it would be a nice break for the children after a long time in the car. Hee hee

Visiting Miffy at her very own museum

Miffy museum Utrecht - Miffy's family go on a road trip

All about Miffy the rabbit

Miffy is the anglicised version of the name Nijntje (pronounced nein-che) derived from the Dutch word for ‘little bunny’. She has been entertaining generations of children across the world for 60 years! Created by artist Dick Bruna who was born and still resides in Utrecht, the little rabbit is a global phenomenon. I think her appeal is her innocent yet positive outlook on life and new experiences.  Dick Bruna’s philosophy in writing Miffy’s stories is that her life provides a safe window into the real world and a platform from where children can begin their own exploration.

To date over 150 Miffy books have been published in over 40 languages. Bruna’s drawings are simple and exact. Over the years Miffy’s features have changed a little but the simplicity of the art and design remains. Learn more about Dick Bruna on this website.

Family travel ideas near Amsterdam- visit the Miffy museum in Utrecht

The Miffy museum

So much more than a museum, this is really a Miffy experience and miniature world. Aimed at children aged 2-6, there are 10 rooms to explore and discover all the aspects of Miffy’s life. Just like the books, the Miffy museum allows children to experience the adult world from a child’s perspective. Along the way you meet the little rabbit’s family and friends too. I just love Miffy’s dad’s whiskers!

Children can climb into Miffy’s bed, make some cakes in her kitchen and tidy the garden shed.

Lots of fun and playtime at Miffy's museum and playhouse

In the road and traffic room kids can ride trikes along a road with traffic lights and push a train along its tracks.

All aboard the train at Miffy's museum in Utrecht

Visit the zoo with Miffy!

Join Miffy the rabbit and her friends for playtime near Amsterdam

There is also an art station where you can make crafts and draw. As well as many opportunities to read the Miffy stories and hug her.

Practical information about the Miffy museum

The Miffy museum is really a wonderful museum and play centre for kids. There are many wonderful graphics, murals and interesting pieces of information throughout the exhibition. For children (especially very young ones) and their parents it is one of the best activities we have experienced. The facilities were wonderful too – a picnic room, children’s toilets, lockers and a big buggy park.

We must have been very lucky as it was not too busy when we visited. Apparently there can be queues so be prepared if you are visiting in peak times – mid morning and later in the afternoon.

A family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children is €17.50 – a bargain! Kids under 2 are free. For more information go to the Nijntje (Miffy) Museum website – in English

Centraal Museum Utrecht – Studio Dick Bruna, shop and cafe

Adults will enjoy visiting the Centraal Museum Utrecht across the street where the Studio Dick Bruna exhibition provides a broader perspective of the artist’s work. Here you can view items from the museum’s collection of over 6,000 works by Dick Bruna including many original drawings.

There is a lovely cafe at the back of the Centraal Museum where you can get wonderful coffee and a Miffy themed lunch for the kids including a Miffy shaped roll – so cute!

Miffy rabbit in Utrecht Netherlands

I feel like I exercised restraint at the shop but really there are so many cute things – books in English, Japanese and off course Dutch, toys, clothing, and much more. The merchandise is lovely and high quality as you would expect for a character built on such strong artistic and design principles.

Utrecht itself is pretty with cobbled streets, canals and interesting cafes. It is about an hour’s drive from Amsterdam and faster by train.

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Needless to say, my children are now obsessed with Miffy. Objective achieved!

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Miffy Museum | Utrecht |Netherlands - Meet Miffy at her museum / play centre. Lots of fun for children and a great family travel idea in the Netherlands

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20 Comments

  1. Brenda
    5th April 2016 / 2:20 PM

    I remember you bought Zoe a little Miffy when she was born.. she loved it so much. Sounds like it was the perfect stop after a long drive 😉

    • 5th April 2016 / 4:49 PM

      Oh I forgot that Bren! Can’t believe how fast time flies. Zoe is so grown up now! We had a lovely time visiting Miffy xxx

  2. Pen
    6th April 2016 / 3:30 AM

    I love Miffy!! I used to have many Miffy books. Had no idea where Miffy came from so thanks for this little titbit of info!

    • 6th April 2016 / 8:29 AM

      Miffy rocks Pen. Lucy’s bunny obsession now at peak rabbit!!

  3. 12th April 2016 / 9:29 AM

    Amazing!! I have a Dutch Grandmother so grew up with Miffy too. We saw the Miffy statues in Amsterdam last year and the Miffy Museum is very much on my list! Loved your post! 🙂

    • 28th April 2016 / 10:01 AM

      Thank you! Yay, love Miffy so much too ?

  4. 12th April 2016 / 1:42 PM

    Haha – brilliant – well done on getting your kids hooked on your childhood hero. This looks like a fab museum and great place to ‘stop off’ and explore. I would be useless at showing restraint in the gift shop too – too cute! Thanks for linking to #citytripping

  5. 12th April 2016 / 4:34 PM

    OMG I thought it was Japanese:) LOL! So cool! If I ever visit Utrecht I’ll be visiting this museum!:) #city tripping

    • 13th April 2016 / 7:51 AM

      It’s not surprising you think that Tanja because Miffy is huge in Japan. Utrecht is very pretty and a quieter version of Amsterdam. I wish we had stayed longer

      • wimutrecht
        3rd February 2017 / 1:13 PM

        Thnx that you like Utrecht but the difference between Utrecht and Amsterdam is at least hundreds of years in existance and therefore also in history and architecture. That gives also a different atmosphere. The architecture of the Utrecht innercity is early middleages (1000-1500 >Chr.) Amsterdam got his architecture later on. The Utrecht canals are unique in the world because of the warves and the middleage houses and buildings on streetlevel. Ofcourse our pride is the Dom and its cathedral but the canals and the atmosphere in our innercity ae worthy to be visited.

        • 4th February 2017 / 9:57 AM

          Thanks so much for letting me know more about Utrecht and its history. We only had a very quick visit but it was enough for me to want to go back and explore some more.

  6. 12th April 2016 / 10:37 PM

    This looks so much fun – my daughter has a little Miffy she was given as a baby. I don’t think I’ve ever read the books but somehow everyone just knows that little rabbit. Thanks for joining up with #citytripping

    • 13th April 2016 / 7:49 AM

      Thanks Cathy. It was a lovely side excursion. Miffy rocks!

  7. 15th April 2016 / 5:23 AM

    I have seen these cartoons plenty of times but didn’t know it origins. For some reason, I thought they were part of the Sanrio family (pardon my ignorance). It would be cool to visit the museum. I am a fan of all things cute!

    • 15th April 2016 / 9:45 PM

      I had to google Sanrio but of course I know hello Kitty. She does look a bit similar but what I love about Miffy is that she is hand drawn ?

  8. 17th April 2016 / 5:33 PM

    I love miffy when I was a child! I remember my bedsheet had miffy prints. Never knew there was a Miffy museum!

    • 19th April 2016 / 8:51 AM

      She’s so cute. Miffy bedding sounds adorable! Lucky you

  9. 8th December 2016 / 8:03 PM

    Forget the kids – I love the look of this place! I bet I’d spend a fortune in the shop. Thanks ever so much for linking up with #CulturedKids. Just give me a shout if you have any problems adding the badge. xx

    • 8th December 2016 / 8:04 PM

      Oops forgot. Sorry ? Updated now

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