Old Holland Museum

Old Holland owns world's largest collection of historic paint manufacturing equipmentThroughout the years, Old Holland collaborated with many artists to develop the best paints from the finest ingredients. Even though the production proces remains the same, the ingredients and manufacturing equipment evolved due to this collaboration.

At our production facility we saved some of these artifacts to create the largest collection of historic paint manufacturing equipment. In the pictures below you can find some examples of these items. You are welcome to come visit our production facility and museum, and experience the craftsmanship of our products for yourself. If you want to visit our production facility and museum, please contact us to make an appointment.

  • Demonstrations

    Should you opt to visit our museum, then we would be pleased to demonstrate for you the manner in which the apprentices of the artists’ guilds manufactured paints in the studio.

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  • Pigments

    Our museum has a unique collection of pigments from the four corners of the Earth and from every era. Pigments whose production is nowadays prohibited, as well as classic pigments which remain in use to this very day.

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  • Raw Materials

    Pigments are derived from almost countless sources. For instance, our museum has a ‘globe’ of cow’s urine which was formerly used to manufacture the pigment known as Indian Yellow.

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  • Tripple roll mill

    This is one of the first tripple roll mills for grinding oil paint, powered by hand. Even today, the same basic principle is used in our production process (see Production & Quality, elsewhere on this site).

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  • Pot Mill

    Like the tripple roll mill, this pot mill was also used for grinding oil paint.

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  • Filling machine

    By turning the wheel, the tubes are filled. Today, the same machine is still used for many products of Old Holland.

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  • Recipes

    The museum houses a collection of books in which the Founding Fathers of our company recorded the recipes for the manufacture of paints. These recipes serve as the basis of the considerable knowledge and skills possessed by the makers of the Old Holland Classic Colours paints.

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  • Letter

    The original letter on the matter of quality, which artist Josef Israels wrote to the initial manufacturers of our paints is on display in the museum.

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  • Pig’s bladders

    The museum also exhibits the forerunner of the lead, and later aluminium tube: ‘The Pig’s Bladder’. A pig’s bladder was dried, folded to form a bag and filled with paint. A tack inserted in the bottom served as a stopper.

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