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Hetjens Museum in Düsseldorf

Museum building

The legacy of industrialist and art collector Laurenz Heinrich Hetjens formed the foundation of the Hetjens Museum, which was opened in 1909. Based originally around a considerable collection of Rhenish stoneware, its works have been expanded through further donations and selective purchases.

The museum covers 8,000 years of ceramics history, uniting over 20,000 pieces from every continent. The collection presents a wide range of ceramics from early Anatolian vessels dating around 6,000 BC to antique vases, Italian majolica, picture tiles, East Asian porcelain and contemporary ceramics.

Alongside impressive utilitarian objects, unique pieces of accomplished craftsmanship with extravagant decorations and three-dimensional works can be viewed. Pieces include those from early periods, antiquity, Africa, Pre-Colombia, earthenware and stoneware from Europe, Islam, European faience, East Asia, porcelain from European manufactures and 20th century ceramics. The largest object is a cupola from Multan in present day Pakistan.

Regular themed exhibitions complement the ceramic museum’s permanent displays.

By Vincent Green, Sep 12 2020

Hetjens – Deutsches Keramikmuseum

Schulstrasse 4
40213 Düsseldorf

+49 211 899 4210

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Düsseldorf became known as the garden city in the eighteenth century when Johann Wilhelm II, Elector of Palatinate, chose the city as his royal capital. Today, residents can enjoy several beautiful parks, splendid gardens and expansive woodlands.

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