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Fries Museum

Wilhelminaplein 92, 8911 BS Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
058 - 255 55 00
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Ranked #5 of 10 Attractions in Leeuwarden
Type: Museums
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English first
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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Borrego Springs, California
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269 reviews 269 reviews
142 attraction reviews
270 helpful votes 270 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

It appeared to be a wonderful museum. We should have done more due diligence, but after paying 20E for two adults, we arrived into the exhibit area to find that none of the exhibits were labeled in English. Limited English placards (less than 3% of the display) did little to aid in the context of what we were viewing. I... More

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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Het Fries museum was recently re-opened at their new location. It is a fun experience with lots of modern techniques used to engage the visitors. I would recommend it to all tourists that visit Leeuwarden on a rainy day; families, solo, friends and business people with a few spare hours.

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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

This museum was visited on the off-chance due to difficulties with our Guest House (see my review of De Olde Signorie) and turned out to be our clouds silver lining. This is an obviously new and modern museum, and, like all Dutch museums that I have visited so far, it is more than wonderful. The only reason that I haven't... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

We planned an afternoon at the Fries Museum only to discover that it had closed its doors on July 1, 2012. It will be reopening at a new location, better than ever according to the staff member we talked with, but not until September 2013. Their new website (in Dutch) is www.friesmuseum.nl

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

After the Ceramics this was disappointing, but good in its own right. Wish we'd had the time to do it on a separate day.

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Sacramento, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

This was a great museum, focusing on the history and genealogical underpinnings of the area

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