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Address: Wilhelminaplein 92, 8911 BS Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 58 255 5500
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: 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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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2015
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 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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Greensboro, North Carolina
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20 reviews
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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 18, 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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Leeuwarden
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31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

After 3 years living in Leeuwarden I decided to visit the Fries museum, it has recently won a price, well deserved. we visited the first and second floor, it took around 1h. I really enjoyed the second, there are a lot of things from the 2nd world war! very very interesting.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We called in recently and had a quick look around and ended up in the coffee shop - excellent source of wifi and great food in a lovely atmosphere. Small shop on site for post cards etc.

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Maringa, PR
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36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

It is a very good museum, with an excellent infrastructure, helpful staff, a nice cafeteria and an interesting collection. The most interesting exhibition was the Mata Hari. Pity it was quite small: her life was fascinating and deserved a little more room!

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Breda, The Netherlands
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50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Not you dusty boring stuff, but a real modern experience, both in the permanent and temporary exhibitions. Thumbs up for the "old boys / girl" network section.

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Cork
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20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The Fries museum is a large modern building with wide staircases and high ceilings. There are not many items on display for such a facility. There was no concession to non Dutch speakers other than in the "Old Money" section, where printed information sheet are provided in a range of languages. The section dealing with WWII was well stocked and... More 

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Castricum, The Netherlands
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This well kmown museum is now housed in a new building. This building itself is worth a visit, very transparent and light. At the moment, there is a special exhibition with work of Gerrit Benner. Especially, the part of the permanent collection named Oud geld introduced by Jort Kelder is very interesting.

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Additional Information about Fries Museum

Address: Address: Wilhelminaplein 92, 8911 BS Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 58 255 5500
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  Friesland Province  >  Leeuwarden
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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