Maastricht Treaty

When you walk into the Maastricht Museum, expect to be transported to a time when the future of Europe was forged. Take a seat at the table at which the foundations were laid in 1992 for what would become the European Union. Foreign and finance ministers from member states signed the Maastricht Treaty, a historic act that paved the way for a new era of European cooperation and laid the groundwork for the introduction of the common European currency, the euro.

Maastricht Treaty

Discover the meaning behind the locations that played a role during the Maastricht Euro Summit. With its Feestzaal (banquet hall) and Statenzaal (states chamber), the Gouvernement on the Maas was the epicentre of negotiations and where European leaders met to take important decisions. It wasn’t just economic and financial issues that were discussed here, but also broader topics such as migration, fighting crime and defence.

Read about the caves of Neercanne where Queen Beatrix showed her support for European integration by etching her signature on a marlstone wall. This symbolic act is still remembered as an important moment in Europe’s history.

Maastricht Treaty

Welcome to the heart of Europe; welcome to Maastricht!

Discover the fascinating objects that were closely associated with these historical events such as the bronze commemorative medallion, designed by Arthur Spronken, and Ceulen’s iconic chalk, each of which tell a story of unity and cooperation.

It’s not only the locations but also the people and events surrounding the Euro Summit that come to life in the museum. From the political meetings at City Hall to the exuberant celebration in Market Square, every aspect of this historic event is spotlighted. Experience the history of Europe and the role Maastricht played in it. Would you sign the Maastricht Treaty? What are the reasons behind your choice? In your opinion, what areas should the EU focus on? We’re so curious to hear your ideas and answers!