In the historic inner city of Culemborg the first purpose-built orphanage of The Netherlands can be found.

This huge building housed over 700 orphans between 1560 and 1952. Stories from those times come alive in this unique museum. How was life for the children in the orphanage? Was it strict and unloving? Or did life also have its sunny sides? And how are orphans treated now? Visit the museum and make this special journey through time. Visit the kitchen, the girls’ refectory, the cellar, the spinning room, the governors’ room and the dormitory. Why does patron’s room look different from matron’s room? Discover all this in the Elisabeth Orphanage Museum; a treasure trove full of stories for all ages.
Most of the information panels in the museum have been translated into English. Please ask for the English brochure at the information desk.

Hours of opening

Wednesdays – Sundays from 12.00 till 17.00

Closed on:
New Year’s day
Easter Sunday*
Koningsdag (King’s Day, 26 or 27 April)
Ascension Day
1st day of Pentecost*
Christmas Day*

* The museum is open on Easter Monday, 2nd day of Pentecost and Boxing Day.

Admission fees

Adults: € 8,00
Children up to 12: € 5,50
Students: € 5,50
Families*: € 22,50
Museum Friends: Free
Museum Card: Free

* 2 adults and 2 children

Address and route

Elisabeth Orphanage Museum
Herenstraat 29
4101 BR Culemborg
phone +31 345 513 912
e-mail  info@weeshuismuseum.nl

Parking and public transport

Are you planning a visit to the museum by car? There is a choice from a number of parking areas. The nearest parking area is ‘Het Hof’.

Are you travelling by public transport? From Culemborg train station it’s about 15 to 20 minutes’ walk to the museum.


Most of the museum building is accessible to disabled people. The first and second floor can be reached by a lift (in the central staircase); the Spinning Room and cellar by a stairlift. Wherever possible ramps have been provided for wheelchairs.

Would you have trouble reaching the museum from the parking area on foot? It is possible to park on the museum premises. Please contact us for more information on +31 345 513 912.