Tour: Follow in the footsteps of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

Digital free - Starting point Oostpoort Delft

Step back in time to when the Netherlands is experiencing a flourishing period in the trade area: it had a branch (chamber) of the United East India Company - the first listed company in the world; painting with painters such as Johannes Vermeer and Pieter de Hooch; and science with people like Hugo de Groot and Reinier de Graaf. There is a network of new and artists. Founder of microbiology Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) documented his scientific research in addition to his normal activities, from which he earned his money. Using home-made microscopes, he was the first to discover bacteria and spermatozoa, among other things. He is the founder of microbiology. Go back in time with this walk through the center of Delft that you can follow yourself.

This walk can be followed for free via

CLOSED: FOCUS - 25 students designing for Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

27th of January until the 10th of February 2023 - OPEN Delft (Vesteplein 100, Delft) 

Visit the temporary exhibition: ‘FOCUS: 25 students designing for Antoni van Leeuwenhoek’. It will be in OPEN Delft from the 27th of January. The exhibition is a collaboration between TU Delft Science Centre and students of the Faculty of Architecture.

In September, the students of the minor Spaces of Display started designing an exhibition celebrating 'The year of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek'. Following this, 25 different designs highlighting Antoni van Leeuwenhoek and other Delft microbiology pioneers, such as Martinus Willem Beijerinck and Gerrit van Iterson Jr., were made from unique perspectives. In the closing of this minor, an exhibition will be organised in OPEN Delft in collaboration with all students.

Soon to come: exhibitions, activities and events

In and around Delft

In the period from August 26 to October 24, most activities will take place in Delft. A major part of this is a large exhibition in the Oude Kerk, which is organized together with Delft Heritage, DSM and Museum Prinsenhof. There will also be public activities and events for young and old. Expect more information on this page later this spring.