About Marres

Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

Art • Garden • Kitchen

Marres, House for Contemporary Culture is a house for contemporary culture in Maastricht, located in a monumental mansion in the middle of the historic center. With a broad program of contemporary exhibitions and diverse events and activities, Marres offers a social meeting place for contemporary art, culture and education.

Behind Marres’ monumental facade lies a veritable escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. From exhibitions stretching throughout the house, the city garden and an impressive collection of art books, to the vibrant Marres Kitchen restaurant with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. Come in, join us and feel at home. Marres is happy to welcome you.


The house of Marres has a rich history. In 1680, the building, with its spacious garden, was commissioned by Henricus Thisius van Ingenop, then mayor of Maastricht. The name is derived from the brewing family that inhabited the house for three generations.

With the establishment of Marres in 1999, both the house and the garden were made publicly accessible.

The program


Excite your senses in exhibitions that stretch out through the entire house.

Training the Senses: Performing work

Activities & workshops

Explore contemporary art at Marres. By actively training the senses, participants examine their environment in a new way. 


With educational programs focusing on art and culture, Marres offers schools as well as companies a unique experience.


Marres makes several publications. Browse through our collection of art books or have a look at all publications in the webshop.


Explore the city and region with special walks that Marres has developed together with artists. The walks are available in the webshop and in the Marres museum shop in Maastricht.

City garden

Escape from the city bustle in our freely accessible, lush city garden. Here you will also find the popular restaurant Marres Kitchen.