A unique museum at a unique square with a unique story. A story abou tMaastricht. A story about creativity and entrepeneurship – two values that have shaped the city to the grande dame she is today. Museum aan het Vrijthof introduces its visitors to the cultural identity of Maastricht. It lends colour and lustre to the past, present and future of Maastricht. Time after time.
Museum aan het Vrijthof has been a historical house at the famous Vrijthof Square in Maastricht since 1973. The museum wants to become the ‘cultural living room of Maastricht’, a great place for all ages, for tourists as well as residents. A place where the past, present and future meet. Museum aan het Vrijthof represents 500 years Made in Maastricht, based on five centuries of cultural history within the city of Maastricht. The museum will show and explain to you, but also let you discover and experience this history in an unexpected way. The city’s history between the early modern period and now will not be told by recounting the bloody highs and lows, but by treating the developments in the field of creativity and entrepeneurship.
The past of the citizens of Maastricht has always been tangible in the form of art and beautifully shaped objects, such as furniture, horse pistols, silver candleholders and timepieces. The visitor may lose oneself once perceiving the older days, is able to gain more knowledge, see connections, and read into the mind of the genius loci, the spirit of Maastricht. The visitor may of course also simply enjoy all fine objects made by talented artists and craftsmen over the last five centuries.
Residents may reflect upon their cultural identity and their roots within the museum’s context. In that sense, Museum aan het Vrijthof is completely unique with respect to its cultural offer (South Limburg and Euregion). Everybody is given the opportunity to learn about the city’s essence. The exhibitions are aimed at revealing the productive relationship between creativity and entrepeneurship in which the debate about the present is not avoided. The museum also actively links to other cultural institutions in Maastricht. This way each visitor – resident of city region and tourist – is given the opportunity to discover the ‘genetic code’ of Maastricht.