How to visit the Pipe Museum with your City Card

To visit this location with your City Card, you must reserve a time slot in advance. Book a time slot by emailing your preference to or reserve your time slot on site in the museum. Make sure your City Card is valid at the time of your visit.

World famous pipe collection

The collection is the life's work of a serious collector who has assembled the world's most renowned pipe collection over forty years. The possibility of a personal tour of the main floor of the collector's house makes your visit an unexpected experience.

The origin of the tobacco pipe

The museum shows the tobacco pipe from its origin with the American Indians more than 500 years before Christ to the present day. Varying from the famous long Gouda clay pipe to artistic pipes from the nineteenth century, carved from meerschaum and wood. The hand-painted porcelain pipe bowls with miniatures from the German language area are beautiful. French smokers in particular are known for the small works of art from which they smoked their tobacco: portraits of famous contemporaries that portray the smoker's personal interest. In this way the pipe is elevated from a simple consumer item to a conversation piece .

European pipes and ethnographic smoking equipment

In addition to European pipes, the museum displays ethnographic smoking equipment from more than sixty countries. Remarkable are the Turkish water pipes, the enormous ceremonial African pipes, finely carved Maori pipes or precious Chinese opium pipes. Each culture has its own shapes, adapted to the local smoking habits and traditions, which the museum shows through pipes and smoking attributes.

The museum shop

The museum shop in the basement is an unexpected El Dorado, for pipe smokers and for visitors looking for something unique: from smoking kitsch to design. And for those looking for more depth, there is a variety of publications.