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).

All activities are in Dutch, however non-Dutch speakers are welcome to join in.

Activities and exhibitions

Participation in the following activities must be confirmed in advance by contacting our customer services team at or on +31 (0)43 350 5600

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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

Cave painting workshop

Thursday 2 August  14:00-15:30 

Are you interested in prehistoric man and how he may have lived? Would you like to try to make your own cave painting with different colours and see what’s involved in the process? You get all this and more at this workshop. You will get working on making your own paint and then painting with your hands. No brushes required; they didn’t have them in prehistoric times either! Then we’ll head to the Natural History Museum’s garden, that’s where we’ll make some real cave paintings. Excited to get started? Register now and make sure you let us know what your favourite colour is.

Age: 5-12 years
Admission: museum ticket entry price € 9,50 (including this activity) surcharge
Location: Natural History Museum of Maastricht

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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

KLEUR on my plate, yummy! workshop

Friday 3 August 14:00-15:30 



Dull dinner plates? Boring bowls? We’ll have none of that! Broccoli tastes much better when it’s served on a nice plate, and you can make that plate yourself when Kumulus instructor Marlies de Jong shows you how it’s done. She’ll teach you all about Maastricht’s famous “Borenbont” plates from the world renowned Sphinxfabriek, then you can make your own work of art and even take it home with you, dinner will never be the same again!

Ages 6-12
Admission: €8.50 for library members, €9.50 for non-members. 
Location: Centre Céramique

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Cartoon drawing workshop

Saturday 4 August 14:00-15:30 




Do you know what our COLOUR inspector is all about? No? Then make sure you pick up a free treasure hunt worksheet at the museum’s reception desk. Then you will be ready to join in with the workshop and Kumulus instructor Nicole Mulkens will take you on a special guided tour through our KLEUR exhibition. After that we are going to make a “Whodunnit” together – an adventure mystery drawing. Romance, drama, intrigue, suspicion, humour: all in your own scary, funny, dramatic way – where KLEUR takes the leading role


Age: from 8 years, also adults are welcome
Admission: museum ticket entry price € 9,50 (including this activity) surcharge
Location: Natural History Museum of Maastricht

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Make an animal / workshop

Saturday 18 August 14:00-15:30




Why do animals have such beautiful colours? For the male animal to impress the female animal? Or to scare off other animals? Or maybe to hide from other animals? You will learn all about the colours of animals at the KLEUR exhibition at the Natural History Museum. Afterwards, Kumulus instructor Michiel Wamelink will show you how to make you own beautifully coloured animal.


Age: 8-12 years
Admission: museum ticket entry price € 9,50 (including this activity) surcharge
Location: Natural History Museum of Maastricht

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Het Dikke Dierenboek /workshop

Wednesday 22 August 14:00-15:30 




Would you like to learn the finer points of illustration from a real illustrator? You can at Centre Céramique. Following the fabulous example of Het Dikke Dierenboek illustrated by ivan and ilia, first we’ll read an excerpt from the book (in Dutch) and then you will learn how to draw, colour, cut, paste and tinker, ending up in a three dimensional work of art. Parents are welcome to stay for the duration of the workshop and lend a helping hand. 

Ages 4-9
Admission: €8.50 for library members, €9.50 for non-members. 
Location: Centre Céramique

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