City History Collection

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City History Collection

Permanent exhibition about the history of Roermond. The collections at the Historiehuis (History house) and the municipal archives of Roermond tell the life story of this city. This permanent exhibition about the city’s history zooms in on a variety of events that explain the unique attributes of Roermond.


The city has a rather rich history, which continues to grow on a daily basis. The old inner city has undergone several changes of power since its existence. Occupiers form the North of the Netherlands and the duchy of Gelre, and from other countries such as Spain, Austria, and France have been at its gates.  

In the past, the city was economically significant for its cloth trade and membership in the ‘Hanseatic League’, a network of merchants that existed in the thirteenth century. From 1559 up to the French occupation, Roermond was a bishop’s town. In 1841, the diocese is honoured once again, and the number of processions and pilgrimages to Roermond increases.

The city also has its own unique culture, which can be frequently observed. It can be seen not only during the carnival and fair, but also during the performance of the ‘Sjinderhannes’, the opera in Roermond dialect that is performed every seven years.

Roermond is also famous for its residents such as architect/designer Pierre Cuypers, artists Joep Nicolas, Henry Luyten, Jan Frans Douven, and for example Henri Tijssen, the composer of Limburg’s anthem. All these themes are addressed in the permanent exhibition.

The exhibition is organised thematically and the subjects refer to historically relevant locations in the inner city. Themes that are addressed are: ‘Who is the boss?’, ‘The origins of Roermond’, ‘Trade and Hanseatic’, ‘Church studios and artists’, ‘What will you leave behind in the history of Roermond?’, ‘Christoffel, the Roermond resident who will always remain’ and ‘Time for tradition and language’.

A short film shows the development of Roermond at a glance. In-depth information can be found via various multimedia applications in the exhibition. Three of the applications can also be accessed via the website.  

Additionally, temporary exhibitions are organised, in collaboration with various historical institutions.  

Guided tours

How many convents did Roermond have in the thirteenth century? How many world records did Matthieu Cordang achieve? Why did Roermond make the national news in 1665? What war did Johanna have visions about?

All these questions are answered in the Historiehuis. To answer your questions, you can take a tour from one of our guides. With a group of maximum 15 people, you can get an impression about what the Historiehuis has to show, in one hour. The costs are € 15.- per guide. We request that you make a reservation for the tour guide at least two weeks in advance. You can register via or via phone number 0475-359 102.


The Historiehuis’ permanent exhibition is perfect in order to engage students actively in the history of Roermond. The origins of the city, Roermond in the middle ages, the two city fires, trade and Hanseatic, and convents and catholic traditions are all themes that are thoroughly addressed.

School groups from elementary schools and secondary schools can visit the Historiehuis for free! Only when participating in an educational project, including a museum guide and a treasure hunt, the costs are 20 euros per group.

If you make a reservation in advance, a suitable treasure hunt or viewing guide can be made for the objects on display in the Historiehuis. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 0475 - 359 102 or send an e-mail to:


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