December 17, 2007

“Gossip and Whispering” – Hat Museum in Utrecht (Netherlands)

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events,Other Millinery people — Cristina de Prada @ 12:17 am

Picture of the hat museum in Utrecht, click to enlarge

During our recent visit to the Netherlands we took the opportunity to visit the Hat museum in the city of Utrecht. It has the fun name of Gossip and Whispering.

A small private museum occupying the ground floor of a little attached house it displays not only vintage hats but also contemporary hats from the most noted Dutch designers (picture above).  The vintage hats on show include fur hats and feathered hats (even handbags covered with feathers!), gorgeous hat pins, delicate beaded toques  and much more. Also hatmaking tools like vintage hat blocks and a straw sewing machine. The hat stands (picture below) are a joy to look at.

Gorgeous antique hat stands

Up until the first week of January there is also a special exhibition of 40 contemporary hats by 7 different milliners selected by the wonderful Dutch Milliner Marianne Jongkind. The milliners are Yvonne de Bruijn, Vera Klomp, Mirjam Nuver, Eugenie van Oirschot, Marianne Schouten, Irene Bussemaker and Irene van Vugt. This is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Marianne Jongkind’s atelier”. Some years ago I spent a few days helping out and learning from her and I can tell you she is a very kind person and a great hat maker. This exhibition includes also her own hats.

One of the nice things in the museum are the albums filled with newspaper clippings and pictures of wonderful hats from different milliners.

Picture of one of the albums

Tiny Meihuizen-Wijker (below, in front of her own creations) is the person we have to thank for setting up and maintaining this museum. She has more than 2000 vintage hats in her attic and at the time of our visit she had just received some beautiful Christian Dior hats covered with petals..  Tiny also makes hats and gives classes and workshops in her museum. There is also a “high tea” in offer where you get to drink and eat delicious things and also get the opportunity to hear about hats and to try some on! Perhaps on a future trip I will have the time to join in one of the workshops, who knows! Click here to see all the pictures of our visit to the museum.

Picture of Tiny Meihuizen-Wijker, owner of the museum, in front of the hats she has made herself


  1. Ack!!!! I wanna go too! THANK YOU for carefully taking so many fabulous pictures and sharing details about your visit.
    Oh wow….

    Comment by jill — December 18, 2007 @ 4:25 am

  2. Sadly the museum is now closed but I was happy to find your blog via Google, after photographing the iconic sign outside the building in Utrecht.

    Comment by Kerry — July 12, 2015 @ 3:06 pm

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