About Maastricht Museum

At the Maastricht Museum, located on the first floor of Centre Céramique, we tell the hidden stories of our special city. We do this in Dutch and English, but also in the special local language, Maastrichts. After all, this variant of the Limburg regional language with its soft ‘g’ and elongated vowels is the local Moojertaol (mother tongue). Just our way of doing our part to keep this regional language alive.

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Impressive journey through time

Our trip back in time starts around 7,000 years ago, with the first permanent inhabitants. From there, we visit the era of the Roman conquerors, who were the first to build a bridge here over the Maas. Our travels then take us to the Maastricht of the early Middle Ages (from 500 to 1,000 AD): a political-religious centre. And finally, we learn about the fortified town of the 16th to 18th centuries before arriving at the Netherlands’ first industrial town in the early 19th century.

Un-Dutch city

Until well into the 18th century, Maastricht’s connections to the east, west and south were stronger than those with the Dutch Republic to the north. Maastricht feels like a bit of foreign land in its own country as a result; it’s only logical that the city evolved in the 20th and 21st centuries to become a European city where knowledge and innovation are central themes.

Your Maastricht story

The museum’s timeline takes you through all these periods. But there’s so much more to learn about the city! Maastricht Museum collects all these hidden stories and tells you even more. Do you have your own great story? Share it with us, and who knows, you might even see it on display one day in the museum. 
Wie sjiek is dat? (How cool is that?) 

See you soon at Maastricht Museum!

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