Information about the museum
Since 1963, the Pottery Museum Raeren is situated in the historic Raeren castle which was built in the 14th century. Only some years after its opening, the museum made for a scientific sensation on national and international level being the first museum to present a complete overview of the history of Raeren stoneware. Up to the present day the Pottery Museum Raeren is the only institution worldwide providing such an overview.
During the early 80s, the exhibition was enlarged and enriched by the "collection Rehker". This collection includes Roman pottery as well as historic stoneware from other Rhenish production centers (Siegburg, Cologne/Frechen, Westerwald and Langerwehe) and East German stoneware.
Since 1992, the museum is under professional management and has since then expanded its national and international contacts. It participates in many international cooperation projects and is part of several networks. In 1995, the museum also started to collect contemporary ceramics.
After being closed for 20 months, the museum was reopened in March 2002, showing a completely new and modern presentation of its permanent exhibition.
The collection of the Pottery Museum Raeren consists largely of archaeological finds made in Raeren since the second half of the 20th century. It is the only institution that offers an overview of the variety of stoneware vessels for different uses since the end of the 14th century.
Stylishly decorated Renaissance vessels, an overview of most of the known reliefs and a number of valuable permanent loans from the Hetjens-Museum Düsseldorf and the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels complete this overview of the whole history of the Raeren stoneware up to the end of the 19th century.
Historicism products dating from 19th century, especially made by Hubert Schiffer, and replicas dating from the 20th century complement the exhibition, as well as the "collection Rehker" providing an overview of the rest of the Rhenish stoneware.
The museum is also constantly enlarging its collection of contemporary ceramics through new purchases during the annual Euregio Ceramic Market.
Since March 30, 2002 the permanent collection of the Pottery Museum Raeren appears in a new, contemporary design. Information on different levels, multimedia elements, tasteful presentations and showcases, audiostations and books as well as a website allow each visitor to learn in-depth everything they want to know about Raeren stoneware.
We furthermore offer guided tours on various themes, literature about Raeren ceramics, an extensive archive and a well stocked library as well as several tourist attractions in the region.
Since May 2007 Raeren stoneware and the Pottery Museum Raeren carry the label "EUROPEAN CULTURAL HERITAGE".