faience with underglaze painting
Pakistan, Multan, about 1680
The Hetjens Museum was opened in 1909 as a municipal
museum on the basis of the legacy of Laurenz Heinrich Hetjens (1830-1906).
Hetjens, an industrialist and art collector, donated to the city, amongst
others, a considerable collection of Rhenish stoneware, which formed
the foundation of the present museum. Over the years, the collection
was expanded through donations and selective purchases to present
8000 years of ceramics history. A unique museum developed, uniting
under one roof ceramic products from across all continents. From
early Anatolian vessels from the time around 6000 B.C.,
to antique vases, Italian majolica, picture tiles, East Asian porcelain
and contemporary ceramics, the permanent collection presents a wide
range of ceramics. Apart from utilitarian objects, there are unique
pieces of accomplished craftsmanship with extravagant decorations,
and three-dimensional works.
The departments are divided by regions of origin and types of ceramic: early periods and antiquity, Africa, Pre-Colombia, earthenware and stoneware from Europe, Islam, European faiences, East Asia, porcelain from European manufactures, 20th century ceramics. The largest object is a cupola from Multan (today Pakistan). The total present inventory comprises over 20.000 pieces. A large part of the collection is accessible to the public on the 8.500 sqm exhibition surface.
Changing special exhibitions on different themes complete the permanent exhibition and are mostly accompanied by catalogues. In addition, there are guided tours and lectures. A workshop provides those interested with the opportunity of working actively with clay.
Tuesday til Sunday
11 a.m. – 17 p.m.
11 a.m. – 21 p.m.
Carneval, Easter Monday, Whit Monday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year
Admission 4,00 Euro
reduced 2,00 Euro
Fees for special exhibitions:
5,00 Euro reduced 2,50 Euro
families 8,00 Euro
Tram 703, 706, 712, 713, 715
Subway U70, U74, U75, U76, U77, U78, U79
Bus 780, 782, 785, 805, 809, 817, NE7
Station: Maxplatz (Maxkirche)
P1 Altstadt/Rheinufer, Accessible only via Rheinufertunnel
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