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Address: Wilhelminaplein 92, 8911 BS Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 58 255 5500
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The Fries Museum is dedicated to Friesland and the Frisian people. Its...

The Fries Museum is dedicated to Friesland and the Frisian people. Its activities revolve around the eleven cities that make up the province and the surrounding countryside. These include the Frisians' love-hate relationship with water, the search for what defines the typical Frisian character, and Friesland's place in the wider world. The freedom fighter Grutte Pier's sword; old costumes and clothing; treasures from the Frisian mounds; the legacy of Mata Hari, the exotic dancer who was executed as a spy at the end of the First World War; Gerrit Benner's paintings; contemporary visual art; and the film de Overval: together these objects tell the story of Friesland.

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I did not expected that my visit will be that nice. Museum is situated in very modern building and view on the city is amazing. Content inside is even better. Lot of interesting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Bitgummole, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice museum to go to learn some of the history of the province of frisland in the Netherlands. It is a quiet new museum with also a nice cafe where you can eat lunch or have just something warm to drink and bakery. It is located in town center so you could also visit the shopping area of the city... More 

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Harlingen, The Netherlands
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place to see a concise history of the province of Friesland. The building itself is well located in the middle of Leeuwarden with ample parking near by. The exhibits are eye-catchingly portrayed and special exhibits are well chosen. A great way to spend an afternoon and feel proud of the history of this underestimated area of the Netherlands.

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Thank campenles
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I did not expected that my visit will be that nice. Museum is situated in very modern building and view on the city is amazing. Content inside is even better. Lot of interesting stories and objects. For me most interesting is story about Mata Hari and Resistence part of museum. The only thing is that there is no english next... More 

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Thank Petra G
Rotterdam
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87 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Beautiful museum, especially liked the exhibition on artifacts that tell the history of Friesland and the one on 'harrekrammele'.

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Thank Latino69
The Hague, The Netherlands
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26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

We visited the museum as part of a relaxed family holiday, and were not disappointed at all. The building is quite modern and very luminous. The exhibitions are very nice, and there is a lot to learn about the history of the province. The only drawback is that all the captions are only in Dutch and Frisian, which might make... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

The Fries are a very proud people, and this part of The Netherlands has an interesting history. Go to the museum, and if they still do it, ask where to get a Fries stamp in your passport!

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Thank Shawn K
The Hague, The Netherlands
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Pretentious highly modern building, not bad as such but weirdly located. Exhibitions not very interesting, f.i. boots on display worn in the battle against the sea by the workers. Not original. Verzet -exhibition better, but not exciting.

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Mississauga, Ontario
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This museum is not only an architectural delight but also a historical wealth of information. The only drawback was that all the captions in the exhibits were in Dutch. If you don't know the local language, then be sure to ask for an audio tour in your native language (if available). We were, unfortunately, not made aware of this feature... More 

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Thank xtine28
Greensboro, North Carolina
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23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This is a beautiful building, with several excellent and specific exhibits on the history and environment of Friesland. As an American of Friesian descent, I found the section on the history of the reclamation of land very interesting. However, the displays were entirely in Dutch and Fries, not English. Our group of 6 had to share the 3 plastic copies... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Really great museum which shows clear the history of Friesland and the City Leeuwarden. Gave also a perfect view about the second world wall.

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