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"Lambert van Meerten's house, now a museum" Top 5 Page for this destination Delft Things to Do Tip by Pavlik_NL

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  Facade of the collector Van Meerten
by Pavlik_NL

This exceptionally large canalshouse belonged to Lambert van Meerten. He was born in 1842 and later inherated his father's distillery. Sadly enough he was not such a good businessman and besides that he spend too much money on collecting art and architectural parts of demolished buildings. In 1892 his collection was so overwhelming, that he ordered a special place built for it. This became the house along the Oude Delft, that costed the astronomically high sum of 100.000 guilders. With the help of his friends Adolf Le Comte and Jan Schouten, it was ready within one year in neo-roman style. Lambert already planned to grant his collection to the city of Delft to become a museum after his death, but this almost was ruined because he went bankrupt in 1901 and all his belongings almost were sold. Again his friends came in the game and prevented the auction by calling out a foundation that took care of the collection. In 1904 Lambert dies a broken man, but his collection was saved and now is an interesting museum that shows a large variety in objects, among which also a vast collection in Delf Blue earthware and porselan. Since 1909 visitors are welcomed in daily from 10:00 to 17:00 (except Sundays from 13:00 to 17:00 and closed on Mondays).

Address: Oude Delft 199, 2611 HD Delft
Directions: On the right hand side when walking along the canal
Phone: +31 (0)15-2602358

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 12, 2005
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