The Dick Bruna House Museum has opened in Utrecht, at the Centraal Museum in February, 2006. Dedicated to the life and work of perhaps Holland's most favorite contemporary artist, this unique space is a joy to visit for children and adults alike.
Dick Bruna is the creator of the cartoon characters Miffy the Rabbit (known as Nijntje here in Holland), Poppy Pig, Snuffy the Dog and Boris Bear. Beginning in 1952, this artist has been delighting children of all ages with his unique, colorful style. Mr. Bruna was the son of a publisher, and he started his graphic arts career creating book covers.
In fact Dick Bruna is just as famous for his book covers as he is for his cartoons! Some authors he has worked for are Georges Simenon (Maigret) and Leslie Charteris (the Saint). He is also known for his incredible posters, stamps and other graphic designs.
Mr. Bruna said that "it is like a dream come true. And to have this during my lifetime! With most artists, this only happens after they're long dead."
Dick went on to say "in the earlier days, going to a museum was different. You had to be very quiet and all. With this museum, children play if they want, there are computers, they can draw, there's lots of reading to do. But at the same time, the parents can see all the different things I've made for adults, book covers and posters and whatever."
Visit the Dick Bruna Museum in Utrecht (less than an hour from Amsterdam by train). It is located at Agnietenstraat 2 in Utrecht, The Netherlands (opposite the Centraal Museum). You can call for more information (+31) 30 2362 392, or visit the website at www.dickbrunahuis.nl for more information.
Open Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Monday), from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Wheelchair access is provided, as are wheelchairs.
Admission prices are:
€ 8 Adults
€ 2 Children age 1 - 12
€ 5 Children age 13 - 17
€ 5 Students, CJP and 65 +
€ 5 Groups (15 people or more)
free Members of CM club (friends of the museum)
free Dutch Museumcard (Museumkaart)
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