The Leeuwenhoek ‘Museum’

The Leeuwenhoek display in the Oude Kerk, Delft. Except for an even smaller panel in the Prinsenhof, this seems to be the only display in Delft to commemorate the work of the ‘Father of Microbiology’. Surely his birthplace and hometown can do better than this for one of the great pioneers of Science?

'Leeuwenhoek Museum'


6 thoughts on “The Leeuwenhoek ‘Museum’

  1. YES! I was just there at the end of July, happy to find the Oulde Kerk display but so sad that there wasn’t a museum and signs chronicling his life in the way Vermeer’s is. This is one of the most important people in the history of science and technology!

  2. I fully agree. My late husband and I, both biologists, visited Delft in the late 1970’s, not for the art, not for the china, but rather to pay homage to the father of microbiology. We asked the Delft residents whom we met where we could find his house, or a museum honoring him. To our utter amazement, no one in Delft had even HEARD of him. What a travesty!

  3. The same can be said about Johannes Diederik van der Waals, who has only a tiny place in the Boerhaave Museum in Leiden

  4. To Whom It May Concern;

    I am the executive director of the The Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Museum in Fukushima, Japan. Dr. Hideyo Noguchi is a Japanese bacteriologist who had worked at the Rockefeller Institute in New York during 1904~1928 and contributed to the research on syphilus, Oroya fever and yellow fever.

    Currently we are expanding the building of the Museum, and in the expanded building we are planning to have a corner of “History of bacteriology”.

    In that corner, we would like to exhibit a portrait picture of Dr. Antonie van Leewenhoek. We would appreciate it very much if you could rent us a portrait picture(s) of Dr. Leewenhook for the exhibition.

    Looking forward to have you reply soonest.

    With best regards,


    Yoshifumi Takeda, MD, Ph.D.
    Exective Director
    Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Museum
    81 Maeda, Mitsuwa, Inawashiro, Fukushima 969-3284

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