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“Great overview of Vemeer's work.”

Vermeer Centrum Delft
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Skip the Line: The Hague and Holland Pass
Ranked #8 of 68 things to do in Delft
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Vermeer Centrum Delft offers the visitor a discovery tour through the life, works and town of the 17th century master of light: Johannes Vermeer. The section 'Vermeer's world' shows you 17th century Delft. Wander through the famous 'View of Delft' and meet Vermeer's environment: his clients, his family and his rich mother-in-law. In Vermeer's world there are copies of all his paintings in their original size, an entire own world in his 37 works. Vermeer's atelier is dedicated to Vermeer's working methods. Discover how Vermeer mastered light in the light studio. Experiment with the camera obscura and play with colour, hidden views and perspective. And literally step into one of Vermeer's paintings. Many of the Delft painter Johannes Vermeer's paintings are about love. Sometimes it is obvious, but other times he subtly refers to it by painting certain objects or details. These objects and details can be seen in the exhibition 'Vermeer's love messages'. Learn to recognise the symbols in Vermeer's paintings. Besides a visit to the centrum, Vermeer can also be discovered on foot. An individual walk has been set out along all the highlights in Vermeer's life. The Vermeer Combiticket gives you access to all the locations.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator
London, United Kingdom
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“Great overview of Vemeer's work.”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

This place give an over view of Vemeer’s work and is life in Delft. It is centrally located and easy to get to. If you are feeling peckish there is a coffee shop inside to drink coffee and reflect on Vemeer’s work.

Visited January 2014
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“Excellent attraction, icy staff”
Reviewed March 7, 2014

This was a very good exhibit and helps one understand how Vermeer used light in his paintings, and how he lived his life in Delft. The front desk staff, though, were the unfriendliest people we have seen in Holland. An icy cold woman behind the desk just stared at us when we came in. We had to eventually ask her how to proceed. The center itself is excellent, so it is a shame that they have people like that at their welcome desk. Make sure to show your Museumkart for a small discount off admission.

Visited March 2014
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Pune, India
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“Very informative”
Reviewed February 22, 2014

The Vermer Centrum gives a very detailled insight into the work and work techniques of Johannes Vermeer. The centrum details his progression as a painter while explaining his techniques, materials used and the science behind his paintings. The center has an audio guide which is informative but quite expensive. Though the centre is quite small, the information provided gives a good insight into Vermeer.

Visited February 2014
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Ancona, Italy
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“A revelation !”
Reviewed February 11, 2014

The Vermeer centre isn't there to display anything by Vermeer, but to tell you about him - his life, his education, his technique, and the materials he used. The explanation of the meanings of the paintings is fascinating. I'd always taken the paintings as just lovely domestic interiors, with no story or meaning apart from that, and had never imagined that, for example, the position of the wine-jug on the table would be so important !

If there isn't a tour on, there are audio-guides and panels on the walls, and I suppose you could get the information that way. But if there is a tour then take it - the guide is very good indeed.

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Located within Vermeer's painter guild house and gives you an excellent overview of all his paintings, his technique and the hidden meanings contained within some of his most famous paintings. Unfortunately for Delft they have no originals and the reproductions could at least be framed.However ,it is a interesting place to visit for an hour or two during your city tour of lovely Delft.

Visited January 2014
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