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Address: Wilhelminaplein 92, 8911 BS Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 58 255 5500
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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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Excellent Coffee Shop

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
HeidiHo37
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 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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118 reviews 118 reviews
19 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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Bethesda, Maryland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Only saw the outside and the architecture is very modern and quite stunning. The museum has a very nice coffeebar and shop. Unfortanately we did not have time to see the museum itself.

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Vancouver, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Although we understand basic Dutch (and no Fries), the museum would benefit immensely from providing English signs

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Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The museum provided a great insight into the friesland history. We learned about the dykes, the historical characters, its position during WWII and alot more. The translations were difficult to follow as we had to pick up an english handout. The museum is obviously targeted at locals, but it is still worth seeing. There is ALOT in this museum. Give... More 

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Novelda, Spain
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

It is an interesting museum, however it is mainly focus for dutch people/tourists. I don't speak dutch an I had difficulties to understand the information during the visit in Fries museum since most of the information is in dutch and not in english. Leeuwarden will be cultural capital of europe in 2018, so my tip is to offer further information... More 

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Richmond, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

It had some very nice displays and collections of some old artifacts. I cannot really review the informativeness of the museum though, as I only read English and very few displays were in English. Some rooms have English/Dutch booklets near the entrances. These are very easy to overlook. 2nd floor is almost all covered by English booklets.

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