Royal Delft is a pottery factory and museum in Delft, Netherlands. It is the last remaining producer of the famous Delftware, a type of blue and white pottery that dates back to the 17th century. Royal Delft was founded in 1653 and has been making Delftware ever since. The museum showcases the history and craftsmanship of Delftware, as well as displaying a collection of antique and modern pieces. Visitors can also see the production process in the factory and even paint their own tile or plate.
The Royal Delft is open daily from 9:00 to 17:00, except on January 1st and December 25th.
The Royal Delft’s entrance fee is 14 euros for adults, 8.50 euros for children aged 13 to 18, and free for children under 13. The ticket includes an audio guide and a demonstration of painting techniques.
The Royal Delft also offers guided tours for groups of 10 or more, which can be booked in advance.
The Royal Delft is located at Rotterdamseweg 196, 2628 AR Delft. It can be reached by car, bus, tram, or train. There is a free parking lot for visitors next to the museum. The nearest bus stop is Royal Delft, which is served by bus lines 40, 69, and 174. The nearest tram stop is Nieuwe Plantage, which is served by tram line 1. The nearest train station is Delft Zuid, which is a 15-minute walk from the museum.
Some tips for visiting Royal Delft are:
- Plan to spend at least an hour and a half to explore the museum and the factory.
- Check the website for special events and temporary exhibitions that might interest you.
- If you want to paint your own tile or plate, make a reservation online or by phone to secure your spot.
- Don’t forget to visit the gift shop, where you can buy authentic Delftware products and souvenirs.
- Respect the rules and prohibitions of the museum, such as no photography in the factory area, no touching the exhibits, and no smoking or eating inside.
Some of the highlights of Royal Delft are:
- The Blue Room, which displays a replica of Vermeer’s painting «The Milkmaid» made entirely of Delft tiles.
- The Royal Chamber, which showcases the royal commissions and gifts that Royal Delft has received over the years.
- The Garden of Delights, which is a whimsical outdoor installation of ceramic sculptures inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s painting «The Garden of Earthly Delights».
- The Painting Studio, where you can watch the master painters at work and learn about their skills and techniques.