Thursday, December 28, 2006

Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht

After the 2 days of Christmas, we were faced with a challenging situation: We need to find a way to entertain the 3 little feral musketeers visiting us, so Dutchman thought of a nice plan – bring them to the Spoorwegmuseum [Railway Museum] and let them go wild!

The 3 little musketeers - just looking at their faces, you would know babysitting them is a real daunting task.

This foto was taken in the tram station, just a few minutes after we decided to go by car because it’s faster and convenient for the 7 of us. When going to the city center, we always take the tram, or we bike, and sometimes when the weather permits, we walk. However, the problem is, the museum sits in a nicely tucked pocket in town that taking the tram and bus would be a waste of time and energy. We just realized.
Spoorwegmuseum [Railway Museum] Entrance Prices:

Adults - € 13.50
Children - € 10.50 (3-12 years old; under 3 is gratis)
Senior Citizen - € 12.00
Museum Cardholders – Gratis

The Railway Museum is chiefly designed for the children. The themes and activities available in the museum are geared for the kiddie public, although for us adults, I must admit, I had a very nice experience in there. What more if you are a train fanatic.

So anywho, here it goes, I will flood this blog again with pictures!!!

Right, BUT, be rest assured that your computer won’t freeze. I know all you people are so damn impatient (just like me and everyone else, lol), so tadaaah... I made the foto bytes smaller. See, I am actually being nice now to everyone.

The Maliebaanstation in Spoorwegmuseum Utrecht designed in late 1800’s style. The next foto is one of the earliest forms of railway transportation adaption.
You cannot miss the saccharine indulgence of the kids - ‘Poffertjes’.

These tasty goodies are synonymous to ‘windmills’, ‘cheese’, ‘tulips’, ‘dikes’ and ‘wooden shoes in Holland. A children’s park is just not complete without ‘Poffertjes’. I didn’t buy any though.

One of the old cool looking trains staged in the museum; I believe this train serviced the Amsterdam to Rotterdam Maas route during the early 1900’s.

2 pretty locomotives - The left one is heavily bejeweled in Christmassy lights while the right one, which is made in England, was being polished when I took the picture.

Now, who would expect to find a cozy little zoo in the railway museum? We saw goats, sheep and even chickens!

On the left foto is an ice skating rink inside the museum. If you look at the foto closely, you will see a trio band serenading the skaters following them. Dutchman quickly made a decision and told us we can go further ahead while he stays behind - in the skating area. He hasn’t skated on ice for ages, so his feet were itching. He joined in with the other kids.

Fast toys not just for little kids but for adults too. This railway game track has a mini-version of the German ICE fast train. The next foto is definitely for the kids. The 3 little musketeers did not miss this ride!

The warm sphere inside the museum and the festive decors and lights. There were stage plays, a choir singing, a carousel, children’s bon-bon making activities and many more.

This hanging locomotive is the first thing that will catch your attention upon entering the main museum area. Really very pretty and striking; especially with the play of lights, it gave the piece a spectacular theatrical look. Next foto is the main museum hall with the row of trains on show. Some of these trains you can go inside.

Paintings depicting early railway life in the Netherlands. Next foto is a locomotive’s early scale model.

The museum houses many locomotive and modern train scale models, complete with description, details and history available via a special computer stand in each cabinet display.

On the left foto is a steam locomotive, just right outside the museum hall, in ‘steamy’ action.

Me, of course, who else! Right foto are the little specialty shops inside the museum hall. Some were selling woodcrafts, stonecrafts, dainty clothes, and even Dutch dried sausages.

On the left is another old green piece collection guarded with 2 interesting looking snowmen, lol.
There were many fascinating and attractive pieces in the museum. To take a foto of them all and place them in this blog would require a lot of work! So, I hope these are enough ;-)

Foto below is a pretty and shiny black container locomotive and on the right is a charming open carriage. The carriage I think used to service the Utrecht – De Bilt - Zeist route in the early days, perhaps in the 1800’s.

The museum also have an impressive 4-Worlds attraction for the children. Since we didn’t have enough time, we chose the ‘World 2: Dream Travel’, a stage play inside a very pretty theater designed and inspired with the orient influence in mind.

An old poster hanged outside the doors of the ‘World 2: Dream Travel’ theater... and inside the theater, with the curtains still down...

And voila, the actual theater stage play – with the theme of traveling with the Orient Express train from Holland to Paris to Constantinople.

A question was thrown at the audience during the act ---

Should women be allowed to travel alone (in the train)? In the year 1899? What do you think? What would be your opinion?

Well, discover here how a woman dreamt of traveling to the Orient alone... despite all the sexist negative feedback and pressures. Quite an inspiring play by the way; it’s definitely worth the watch.

Spoorwegmuseum [Railway Museum] address:

3581 XW Utrecht

Website: Spoorwegmuseum
By the way, parking spaces are available in front of the museum - for €3.50 per day (this is cheap already considering that parking elsewhere would be close to that amount, but per hour).

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