Miffy museum: a cute activity for kids in Utrecht (The Netherlands)

Visiting Miffy in Utrecht

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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 planned a road 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.

All about Miffy the rabbit

miffy and friends characters by dick bruna

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 lived in Utrecht until his recent death, 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 was 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.

I was fascinated to learn more about Dick Bruna when reading his obituary – you can see it here.

The Miffy museum

Family travel ideas near Amsterdam-miffy the bunny's 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 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.

miffy bunny

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

miffy and friends

You can even visit the zoo with Miffy!

Then stop by the art stations where you can make crafts and draw.

If you need some quiet time there are many opportunities to read the Miffy stories and hug her too. Awww

For parents – there are many colourful graphics, murals and interesting pieces of information throughout the exhibition so you can learn all about the little rabbit while the kids play happily.

The Miffy museum is one of the best indoor activities for small children we have experienced. Our time spent at there was so much fun.

Practical information for your visit

miffy utrecht - nientje musuem

As you would hope from an attraction aimed at children, the facilities are family friendly. There is a picnic room, children’s toilets, lockers and a big area to store prams and strollers.

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.

The best time to visit is during the first sessions in the morning.

Ticket information

Only a few tickets are kept on the door for walk ins. The best idea is to prebook your tickets on the museum website for an allocated time. A family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children is €22.50 (2018). Kids under 2 are free but you still need to book a time slot.

Once you enter the museum you can stay as long as you like.

For more information go to the Nijntje (Miffy) Museum website – in English

miffy & friends

Centraal Museum Utrecht – Studio Dick Bruna, shop and cafe

Adults and older children 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 museum where you can get great coffee and a Miffy themed lunch for the kids including a bunny shaped roll – so cute!

Miffy cafe 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 Miffy merchandise is very cute and high quality as you would expect for a character built on such strong artistic and design principles.

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


Utrecht Netherlands

Utrecht  is about an hour’s drive from Amsterdam and it is even faster by train – 40 minutes! – from Amsterdam Centraal.

The city itself is pretty with cobbled streets, canals and interesting cafes. So it makes a perfect day trip from Amsterdam.

Discover Amsterdam

canal houses Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of our favourite cities. We love its laid back vibe, fantastic coffee and culture.

It’s a fantastic city to explore with kids if you avoid the partying areas and enjoy the parks, museums and of course canals.

We loved our stay on a houseboat on the Prinsengracht canal – you can read about that here and our trips for an Amsterdam spring break here.

Spring is a great time to visit with all of the flowers blooming. If you love tulips then this is the time to visit the famous Keukenhof gardens – another easy tour from Amsterdam – read our tips on visiting Keukenhof here.

 


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20 thoughts on “Miffy museum: a cute activity for kids in Utrecht (The Netherlands)

  1. Brenda says:

    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 😉

    • Katy says:

      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 says:

    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!

  3. Emma says:

    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! 🙂

  4. Wander Mum says:

    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

    • Katy says:

      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 says:

        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.

        • Katy says:

          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.

  5. Cathy (MummyTravels) says:

    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

  6. Ruth says:

    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!

    • Katy says:

      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 ?

  7. Bumble Bee Mum says:

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

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