Loans — Teylers Museum


Teylers Museum has works of art and scientific objects in its collection. They range from paintings, drawings and medals to instruments, fossils, minerals and books. 

Teylers Museum wants to display these objects to a wide public and make them available for research purposes. Dutch and foreign institutions can apply to receive these objects on loan. Each application will be examined and assessed individually. 

The loan application

Loan applications must be made at least six months before the start of the loan period by letter addressed to the director:

Teylers Museum
Mevrouw Marjan Scharloo
Spaarne 16
2011 CH Haarlem
The Netherlands 

The loan application should contain the following information: 

  • name and address of the institution
  • name, function and e-mail address of the contact person
  • exhibition title and period
  • reason for the application
  • list of objects requested in as much detail as possible (consult collectie online if need be)
  • a facility report of the location

If you have any questions or would like to explore the possibilities, please get in touch with: 
Terry van Druten, Chief Curator of Art Collections, at  or
Trienke van der Spek, Chief Science Curator, at 


Teylers Museum does not charge for loans. Depending on the nature of the loan, however, the following costs may be passed on to the borrowing institution:

  • administration
  • minor conservation treatment
  • preparing objects for display and transportation
  • packing
  • courier

Borrower’s responsibilities

In addition to providing a safe and professional work environment, the borrower will ensure that the loans will be insured and transported professionally.

Further information about the climate and security requirements can be found in the Teylers Museum loan conditions.

Teylers Museum loans procedure

Upon receipt of your application you will be sent a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.
We will endeavour to reply to your application as speedily as possible, in principle at least three months prior to the start of the loan period.