Het Nederlands Stripmuseum, Groningen

3.4
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The Nederlands Stripmuseum is a museum dedicated to Dutch language comic strips, with emphasis on native comic creations, and located in the city of Groningen in the Netherlands. Over a decade in the making, the museum was opened on 21 April 2004 by city mayor Jacques Wallage, with expected visitor numbers in the 40.000 to 100.000 range annually. At the opening, attended by many alumni from the Dutch comic scene, then museum chairman Bert Brink declared that it was justified that the museum was housed in Groningen, as the Dutch comic culture had its origins in the city. Around 1850 the comic Monsieur Cryptogame from Rodolphe Töpffer was translated into Dutch as Mijnheer Prikkebeen by city native, poet and novelist J.J.A. Goeverneur. The translation was also published in Groningen. The museum had 19,790 visitors in 2015.The premises in which the museum is housed is not owned by the museum or the city, but rented from real-estate managing company :nl:Libéma. The collection though, is the legal responsibility of a private foundation, the "Stichting het Nederlands Stripmuseum".Conceived as Holland's answer to Brussels' prestigious Belgisch Centrum voor het Beeldverhaal, the Stripmuseum has never come close to the visitor numbers as projected, or to the numbers its Belgian counterpart did achieve (less than 50,000 and dwindling v.s. a steady 200,000 annually). As a result, the Stripmuseum already ran into trouble in 2014, threatened with bankruptcy and closure, date of closure fixed on May 1, 2014. The museum's demise was temporarily averted for three years with eleventh-hour emergency funding from local authorities and sympathetic sponsors, but has been notified by its landlord Libéma to vacate the premises in 2017. Pursuant its averted bankruptcy, the museum had already planned moving to the smaller Groninger Forum premises as early as 2014, which is as of 2017 expected to open its doors in 2019, even if that means having to share the available space with other institutions. Libéma actually already wanted to expel the museum in 2014 in anticipation of the bankruptcy, but was persuaded to rescind by the donors who had saved the museum to await the then projected opening of the Groninger Forum in 2017. A spokesperson of Libéma has indicated that the museum will not get a stay of eviction this time in anticipation of the opening of the Groninger Forum, which has already been delayed by two years.
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  • Closed. They will continue as ‘Storyworld’ in the ‘Groninger Forum’. Visit their website to see the development and other information. Special request to see pieces of their collection? You can...  more »
  • Nice museum run by comic strips enthusiasts. Nicely done exhibition and some interactive components that are especially fun for children. It is much larger than it initially seemed.  more »
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  • A very interesting and fun place to spend a couple of hours,shows a really cool part of Dutch cultural and history. It's fantastic that some of the exhibits are interactive. There's a guide sheet you can get in English but the exhibits are written in only Dutch. This doesn't matter too much as visually it's really accessible. All and all a cool place,and Frank one of the guys working there is A-1 👌
  • It is a nice museum. Yet I went there expecting to learn sth on comics. For example what are the different styles and how to recognize them. In general the museum is more suited for people who are already in comics and want to see valuable collectors items and want to know more on their idol comic writers.
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