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
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.
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.
In the road and traffic room kids can ride trikes along a road with traffic lights and push a train along its tracks.
Visit the zoo with Miffy!
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!
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.
Needless to say, my children are now obsessed with Miffy. Objective achieved!
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