The paintings of the famous 17th-century painter Johannes Vermeer are now on display in galleries and museums throughout the world, but the Vermeer Centrum Delft is the only place in the world where you can admire (reproductions of) all the paintings of Vermeer in their original size. Here you can discover the life, the work, and the city of the 'Master of Light'. You will be taken back to the 17th century, and find out about the intricate details of his paintings and the intimate details of his personal life, his family, and his wealthy mother-in-law.

The Vermeer Centrum Delft is also an important historical building in its own right, and was once the home of the St. Lucasgilde, a guild of painters and glass makers in the 17th and 18th century, which Vermeer joined in 1653. Saint Lucas was the patron saint of painters. In 1662, Vermeer was elected the head of the guild for a term of two years.


Many of the Delft painter’s works explore the theme of love. Sometimes explicitly, and other times subtly with hidden references or details in paintings about certain subjects.

Would you like to know how to recognise the theme of ‘love’ in Vermeer’s works? And how he painted powerful images full of light, tranquillity, harmony, and mystery? The Vermeer Centrum Delft will tell you all this and much more. You can also perform your own interactive experiments with the camera obscura and play with colour, hidden views, and perspective just like Vermeer. And you can also literally step inside a Vermeer painting.

Schilderij 'Het melkmeisje' van Johannes Vermeer

Good to know! Every Sunday at 10.30 am there is a free guided tour. Audio tours are available in other languages. Please register before Saturday 5 pm by mail.

Vermeer-Walking Tour

You can also discover more about the life of Vermeer taking a walking tour through the centre of Delft. The Vermeer Cube Walk will take you to all the places in the city that played an important role in Vermeer’s life. Tickets for the tour can be purchased at the Vermeer Centrum Delft and at the VVV Delft.

Meisje met rood haar voor het metalen kubus van Vermeer met het melkmeisje

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