2023 is Vermeer year, and Museum Tetar van Elven is joining in on the action! We have borrowed the most famous Vermeer forgery of all time: The Men at Emmaus by Han van Meegeren. The painting is on display in Delft in May and June 2023. Read more HERE.

2023 is Paul Tetar van Elven’s 200th anniversary year! To kick off the year, we have a new exhibition of family portraits opening on January 6th. More information HERE

Art History student Jessie Windahl Fransen has written her Masters dissertation about the copies that Tetar van Elven made of Raphael's "Sistine Madonna". Read more HERE.

New - a combi-ticket to visit both museums Paul Tetar van Elven and Lambert van Meerten for a reduced price.  


Visit the home of a 19th century artist!

In the centre of Delft, on the Koornmarkt, stands the house of Paul Tetar van Elven (1823-1896). He was an artist, a drawing-master at the Polytechnic School (now the Technical University of Delft) and also a fervent collector of art, antiques, Delft blue pottery and porcelain from the Far East. In his will he left his house and its contents to be turned into a museum. The result is the only well-preserved, authentic example of a 19th century artist’s house in The Netherlands. The interior of the house breathes the presence of the former owner and the era in which he lived. Visitors feel like the artist and his wife are personally welcoming them into their lavishly-furnished drawing room!

In addition to the permanent collection, the Paul Tetar van Elven Museum regularly organises exhibitions and other activities. 


2023 is a special year for Delft – a year in which the city is celebrating no less than three of its famous residents: painter Johannes Vermeer, microbiologist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek and ….. Paul Tetar van Elven. Tetar was born on 13th September 1823 and the museum has a number of activities planned to celebrate his 200th anniversary year.

To mark the official start of the Paul Tetar van Elven year, an exhibition of family portraits is opening on January 6th 2023. The exhibition introduces visitors to Paul and to members of his family. It is abundantly obvious that this was an extremely artistic family! Most of the portraits (paintings, drawings, photographs) belong to the museum’s own collection, but some are now appearing for the first time on public display. Other items have been borrowed for the exhibition – the result of extensive research into the whereabouts of family descendants and family portraits.

More remarkable items from the museum depot will be seeing the light of day during course of the year: for example Paul’s masterful anatomy and nude-model drawings from his student years, and rarely-seen examples from his collection of costumes, prints, weapons and porcelain.


30th April to 25th June

2023 is Vermeer year, and Museum Tetar van Elven is joining in on the action! We have borrowed the most famous Vermeer forgery of all time: The Men at Emmaus by Han van Meegeren. The painting is coming to Delft from the Depot of the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam.

The painting will be hanging in the studio on the first floor of the museum. Copies of old masters by Paul Tetar van Elven are also on display in the studio. Putting copies and forgeries side by side illustrates clearly the differences between them.

As well as the Men of Emmaus, another painting by van Meegeren is also coming to the museum, from the Van Renswoude Foundation. This unfinished painting has never before been exhibited, and it shows a biblical scene.

Lectures by Jeroen Windmeijer

Born in Delft, Jeroen Windmeijer is a writer of historical thrillers. The first part of his trilogy about Vermeer will be coming out later this year. The plot takes place, of course, in Delft. During the exhibition, Windmeijer will be giving a number of lectures in the museum (in Dutch). More information to follow. 

Combi-ticket - visit two unusual museum-houses in Delft for a reduced price

While you are visiting the museum-house of Paul Tetar van Elven, why not also visit the home of his contemporary, Lambert van Meerten? Van Meerten, a successful industrialist, was an avid collector of art and artefacts, as was Tetar van Elven. Van Meerten had an imposing house built for him on the Oude Delft to house his collection of furniture, archeological fragments and Delftware. 

A visit to the van Meerten house feels like a visit to its one-time occupants, Lambert and his sister Dina. Sit behind Lambert's desk, and then take a look inside his hidden strong-room. Or, drink a cup of tea in Dina's sitting room and even add a couple of stitches to her embroidery work. In other words, make yourself at home!

The Combi-ticket can be purchased at both museums, or online at the Museumhuis van Meerten website. Address of the van Meerten Museum: Oude Delft 199, 2611 HD Delft.

You can visit the two museums on the same day, or on different days.

Price without museum pass (museumjaarkaart) €14.50 (usual price €17.50). Price with museum pass €6 (usual price €8).