Peace of cake?
People have disagreements: that is a fact of life. Sometimes, the disagreements escalate into something far worse: armed conflict. Think of Uganda, Yugoslavia and South Africa, for example. Once war has broken out, it is far from easy to restore peace. Difficult choices have to be made. What is good for one side may be extremely bad for the other. This exhibition allows young visitors to discover for themselves just how difficult it can be to make the right decisions.
[Youth Lab]: X-perimentation
Here, budding scientists between the age of 10 and 14 can conduct various experiments relating to the senses.
KNOWLEDGE LAB - Science in the Making
Get to know the scientific workplace. Here you will discover that science does not just come up with ready-made end products; rather, it is a process of recognising questions, generating ideas, carrying out tests, gaining understanding and disseminating knowledge. All these aspects are covered on the Knowledge Lab’s shop floor.
The timeline on the wall shows significant events in the history of the University of Utrecht.
This original historical cabinet contains objects from the private collection of the professor of medicine, Jan Bleuland (1756-1838). Here you will find exhibits of wax preparations of body parts, foetuses in spirits and various other models used in the education of medical students.
Collection of Curiosities
This collection of curiosities contains all kinds of objects from the natural world. Such collections from the 17th Century were the predecessors of later, more systematic, scientific collections. Examples of items to be seen in the collection are: skeletons, stuffed birds, preserved fish, fossils and rare stones.
The Oude Hortus Museum Garden
The Oude Hortus covers four centuries of garden history. To mention some of the highlights: the Regius garden with its many medical plants, the oldest Ginkgo in Europe and two historic orangeries - one of which now houses the museum cafe.
The Oude Hortus Glasshouses
The glasshouses of the botanical garden are the oldest of their kind which still exist in the Netherlands. They date from 1907 and were restored in 2006. They are now open to the public.