Moving smoking pipes in metal
21 March 2018
It took a while but on the first spring day we moved the Van Tienhoven-Van Ewijk collection to Amsterdam, probably the largest collection of metal smoking pipes in the world. For those who are not familiar: Felix and Wijntje van Tienhoven traveled around the world for decades and collected scent bottles as well as smoking pipes. Both passed away in 2016 a few months after each other. The two collections found a dignified accommodation in museums, the first in the ethnographical museum in Leiden, the second in the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. We are very grateful to Felix and Wijntje for this legacy. Because the focus of their collection was mainly on metal, the majority of the material is a welcome addition to our current museum collection. A series of unique objects will be on view as a temporary exhibition for a number of months soon. Later a special showcase for the most representative items from this collection will be set up in the hall of our museum.