COVID-19 forces the ceramic museum to temporarily close on working days

Opening hours

The Goedewaagen Ceramics Museum in Nieuw-Buinen will be closed on working days from Monday 5 October to Friday 23 October due to the increasing contamination level by COVID-19. The museum remains open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1 pm to 5 pm. The management of the Goedewaagen group asked the museum foundation to take this drastic step to protect the health of the factory employees. The factory has a well-filled order portfolio with large orders for monumental tiling for, among others, House Modernes in Utrecht and for decorative pottery from Bloomon, among others. Corona contamination and possibly the declaration of a quarantine measure for factory employees could lead to irresponsible damage to the business. Of course, the health of factory employees should not be endangered.

Company tours of the factory workshops for larger groups have been canceled since June 1. But because a sharply increased number of museum visitors from all over the Netherlands and Germany are now also crossing the path of factory personnel in the museum’s front building rented by the museum foundation and conducting work meetings, sharing the museum spaces is currently too large. risk. In the next three weeks, factory management and museum management will reflect on better protection of the workers, visitors and museum team. On the other hand, the museum may remain open on weekends.

Museum Shop

The shop that has been handed over to the museum foundation by the Royal Goedewaagen pottery factory is also only accessible on these 5 days during the mentioned opening hours.

New tandem tour on request

Due to the imposed 1.5 meter distance directive, visits by larger groups including a guided tour of the factory workshops are unfortunately not yet possible until 1 September. What is new is that the museum foundation is introducing a so-called tandem tour for the 5 opening afternoons, which means that a guided tour of the museum and factory workshops will be possible on request for a household of two or three people. Due to the limited number of participants, the tandem tour also allows more ateliers to be visited than is possible with larger groups. The tour costs a fixed price of € 40. This tour must be booked at least two days in advance by sending an e-mail to

Ceramic Museum Goedewaagen in the Netherlands

You can find the museum on the provincial border of Drenthe and Groningen in Nieuw Buinen. The museum is one of the adjacent pottery factory Royal Goedewaagen, a legally and financially completely independent foundation.

Visit the Goedewaagen Ceramic Museum

What can I expect during a visit? In the gallery, the museum shows approximately 800 objects in temporary exhibitions and in a longer-lasting presentation of pottery from Art Nouveau and Art Déco. See for the exhibition program exhibitions, for the masterpieces collection and for new acquisitions donations. The Gouda Thesaurus is located in the intermediate hall of the museum. From a PC placed there for the exhibitions and lectures from the year 2000 60 Powerpoint catalogs with around 10,000 reasoned images. The museum is open every working day from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on weekends from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The entrance costs € 6 per person and for children aged 6 to 17 years € 3 per person.

Tours in museum and factory workshops?

The museum organizes guided tours of the museum and the factory workshops at set times during the week, see guided tours. Make an appointment at least 24 hours in advance.

Tour guide Anneke Lutz in the painting room of Royal Goedewaagen with Antje Ramaker-van Polen and a group. (Photography: Wicher Pottjegort, Nieuw Buinen)

I have questions about the origin, age, trading price and insurance value of Dutch pottery?

The Royal Goedewaagen pottery factory does not provide any further information about what this factory and the eight other companies that have merged into the Goedewaagen group have made in the past centuries. The museum has been doing this since 1998 and provides, as far as possible, thorough information on decorated Dutch pottery from the period after 1875, the beginning of the industrial era for ceramics. The museum, which is not subsidized by any government, requires modest financial compensation for this public service of online determinations and appraisals. For conditions, see determinations and appraisals..
Conservator Friggo Visser taxeert een door van Jan van Schaick geschilderd wandbord van de PZH in Warenhuis Vanderveen in Assen. (Fotografie: DvhN, 23-11-2013)
Conservator Friggo Visser taxeert een door van Jan van Schaick geschilderd wandbord van de PZH in Warenhuis Vanderveen in Assen. (Fotografie: DvhN, 23-11-2013)

Can I also paint pottery myself?

More favorable than anywhere else in the Netherlands, the Keramisch Museum Goedewaagen offers the opportunity to also paint ceramics yourself. A unique experience for family and friends groups, for school classes and business associations. Certainly also because the opportunity is given to make your own choice from the pottery to be painted. A guided tour of the museum is included in every painting workshop.

Leerlingen van de Groene School in Hoogeveen bij een schildersworkshop in januari 2008 - 01
Leerlingen van de Groene School in Hoogeveen bij een schildersworkshop in januari 2008
Leerlingen van de Groene School in Hoogeveen bij een schildersworkshop in januari 2008.
Leerlingen van de Groene School in Hoogeveen bij een schildersworkshop in januari 2008.

Can you also advise on a necessary restoration?

Since 2011, the Keramisch Museum Goedewaagen also offers a restoration service. To this end, the museum collaborates with Mrs. Hanne Friederichs from Leek, a very experienced and skilled restorer who works for MuseumgoudA, the Drents Museum, the Museum Het Princessehof and many large collectors. Mrs. Friederichs holds a seat in the museum on the last Sunday afternoon of the month where possible. See the bimonthly updated program of activities.
Restauratrice Hanne Friederichs aan het werk (Fotografie:
Restauratrice Hanne Friederichs aan het werk (Fotografie:
Goedewaagen-pijp met hond en lensje, ca 1900; onderdeel van een bijna 300 stuks tellende pijpencollectie van J. Alblas; aangekocht en aan het museum geschonken door de Nederlandse Federatie van Pijprokers.

I would like to make a donation.

The collection of the Keramisch Museum Goedewaagen has grown strongly in recent years. This is partly due to the special tax options associated with donations for a museum recognized as Charity by Fiscus. As of June 2011, the ANBI scheme for the museum therefore applies. More information about donations can be obtained from the foundation's board.