100 years Princessehof In 2017 the Princessehof celebrates it centenary year, open on December 2nd 2017

In 2017, the Princessehof celebrates it centenary year with a makeover of the Museum and an impressive exhibition on the ground floor.

The renovations will begin in the summer. The entrance area, the tearoom and the museum shop will be redesigned and redecorated. The permanent collection on the first floor will be given a new look and feel. Instead of an academic approach, in which the ceramics are neatly divided by art historical movement, period and country, the new set-up will truly take visitors on a journey into the world of ceramics. It will tell an accessible story that connects East and West, and the past and present, with leading roles for the highlights.

Current trends in ceramic art are showcased on the second floor with presentations of work by contemporary artists and designers. Examples are the artists Anne Wenzel, Joost van den Toorn and the Design series of exhibitions.

On the ground floor of the Princessehof the anniversary will be celebrated with a major exhibition of ceramics by contemporary artists from East and West: a presentation of around six installations by established names and emerging talent with work not previously seen in the Netherlands. A number of artists have created new works especially for the exhibition, inspired by the museum itself.


The refurbishment of the museum is a weighty task. At present, the opening hours during the summer, when the renovated Princessehof will re-open and the start of the anniversary exhibition on the ground floor are still not fixed. Check the website regularly for the latest information.

The Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics – Collections

The Princessehof is acknowledged as the Netherlands’ national museum of ceramics. The Chinese collections of Ming, Kraak and Zhangzhou or Swatow ceramics have made the Princessehof world famous. The rich collection of Asian ceramics ranks among the best collections in Europe. The European collection consists mostly of special European porcelain, earthenware and stoneware, and contemporary ceramics.

Highlights include Dutch Art Nouveau and Art Deco ceramics from the period 1880 to 1930 and ceramic art by national and international artists such as Karel Appel, Lucebert, Picasso and Armando. With these collections, the museum tells the story of the world’s greatest ceramic traditions and their interactions.