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Fries Museum

Wilhelminaplein 92, 8911 BS Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
058 - 255 55 00
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Ranked #4 of 10 attractions in Leeuwarden
Type: Museums
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Novelda, Spain
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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240 reviews 240 reviews
130 attraction reviews
228 helpful votes 228 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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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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Heerenveen, The Netherlands
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

We visited the museum on a foggy Friday, also market day in Leeuwarden. It was a great introduction into the Friesland history and culture; we are living nearby for 3 years and felt we should know something about the area where we are now living. We were given a museum tour guide in English, and that helped tremendously [as our... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

If you are looking for a museum about Frisian history and culture, this is not it. It's mostly art and silver. The naturl history museum and verzetsmuseum are better. The small collection at the museum in Moddergat gave our foreign guests more information about what makes Friesland stand out than this big one in Leeuwarden.

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