Unfortunately, we have to close our museum again until January 25, 2022.

We hope to welcome you again after this date.


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. Current exhibition: Arie Wassenburg. Coming next: Thérèse Schwartze.

Exhibition Thérèse Schwartze

In her time, Thérèse Schwartze (1851-1918) was one of very few women who earned a living as a professional artist. She was a celebrated portrait painter of royalty and of affluent Amsterdam families.

The exhibition will run from November 7th 2021 to May 8th 2022 in the Paul Tetar van Elven Museum. The exhibited works have been lent by museums and private collections.

Recently, the Dutch television programme Nieuwsuur ran a feature on female artists. One of the featured paintings was the work below by Thérèse Schwartze: “Woman with Sunflowers” (from the Drenthe Museum).