The KLEUR project is an exciting joint undertaking from Centre Céramique/Cultural heritage, Kumulus and the Natural History Museum of Maastricht as well as other partners in the region.

Colour is part of us all. It is everywhere and is always present. Colour stirs up emotions and is deeply intertwined with the words we speak, the utensils we use, with the food we eat and the industry that surrounds us. Colour is in our DNA, colour colours our lives.

KLEUR is not just about colour as you know it, we want to expand our understanding of colour and share this experience with you. In the coming months discover more about colour and the KLEUR exhibition here on this page, and also on Facebook @KLEURmaastricht (NL) and Instagram @KLEURmaastricht (ENG).

Activities and exhibitions

A visit to the museum is boring you say? You know what's really boring? A world without colour! We're lucky that our planet is full of colour and we can see loads of colours every day – although, we think we can! There are some animals that can see many more colours than we can, and some that can only see a few colours. Do you want to know what flowers look like to a bee? Or what a zebra looks like to a lion? Do you want to know how you can stand out from the crowd, how to scare others, or how to camouflage yourself? If you're keen to unravel the mysteries of colour, then you're ready to take the COLOUR inspector test!

Pick up your COLOUR inspector activity sheet at the reception desk. Once you have completed the tasks you will be awarded with your very own KLEURdiploma

If you can't wait to get to the museum, download this test to do at home to see if you are ready to become a COLOUR inspector

Cost: €1.50

Ages: 9+

The Romans, Merovingans, Regout and more…

02 June - 18 November / Expo


Discover the depth and richness of our in-house collections. From “Boerenbont” to “Kristalunieken” and from Meroveringan glass beads to miniatures from the Middle Ages. This is just a small sample of what will be exhibited in Centre Céramique throughout the duration of the KLEUR exhibition. Colour sees our collections connect in a new and surprising way, allowing us to see the objects from a different perspective. The KLEUR exhibition runs from 2 June in Centre Céramique.

Location: Sphinxvitrine – mezzanine level @ Centre Céramique

Make a camouflage animal workshop

Saturday 28 July 14:00-15:30 / Workshop

Some animals do not want to stand out from the crowd, they want to be able to hide so they won’t be eaten by their predators. Other animals don’t want to be easily seen so they can creep up on their prey. That’s why some animals have colourings that are the same shade and stripes or spots – this is called camouflage. In this workshop, Kumulus instructor Marlies de Jong will show you how to hide your chosen animal in your painting by mixing natural colours that are as close to each other as possible.

Age: 6-12 years
Admission: museum ticket entry price + €2.50 surcharge
Location: Natural History Museum of Maastricht

Natural pigment painting workshop for children

Saturday 7 July 14:00-15:30 / Workshop

Want to paint with natural colours?

At the Natural History Museum you can. It produces amazing paintings. Artist Dorieke Schreurs has been working on this fascinating process for years in her own studio, and is going to share her knowledge and expertise with us. You will also have the opportunity to create you own painting which you can take home with you.

Age: 8+
Admission: museum ticket entry price + €2.50 surcharge
Location: Natural History Museum of Maastricht

From sketch to COLOUR

2 June – 2 September / Mini Expo

In the mini exhibition “From sketch to COLOUR” the Maastricht illustrating duo ivan and ilia show us all facets of the creation of their colourful drawings. This dynamic team has illustrated children’s books together since 1995. Specifically for the KLEUR exhibition, we are given the chance to peek behind the scenes at how these artworks come about, from the first moments when pencil hits paper to final illustration, ready for print. Their works have been featured in well-known Dutch children’s books as De Poepfabriek and Koen Kampioen.

Location: Binnenvitrine at Centre Céramique

Marbling / parent – child workshop

Wednesday 11 July 14:00-15:30 / Workshop



Do you want to learn how the art of marbling? You can at Centre Céramique! First we will take a look at some wonderful examples of marbled book covers and artworks on paper. So many unique colours! Then you will have a chance to make your own mesmerising marbled masterpiece. You can create your own book jacket, photo frame, gift-wrapping paper or anything you like.

Ages 6-12
Admission: €9.50
Location: Centre Céramique

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