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Frans Hals Museum

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Address: Groot Heiligland 62, Haarlem, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 023-5115775
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Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: This small museum focuses on the works of Frans Hals, 17th-century...
This small museum focuses on the works of Frans Hals, 17th-century portrait painter.
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New appreciation of Hals' skill as a portrait painter

Hosed in a square of almshouses for the elderly the inside of the museum is modern and light levels are good. The museum offers free use of multi-size lockers which are operated... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Hosed in a square of almshouses for the elderly the inside of the museum is modern and light levels are good. The museum offers free use of multi-size lockers which are operated with a euro coin. Most of the museum is on ground level and the exhibits are arranged in a logical progression which takes you around the delightful square... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This museum is a gem with a wonderful collection of oil paintings. It is housed in an old almshouse which is a beautiful building. The audio guide is included in the entry cost and is really informative. One painting was in the process of being restored and the informative videos were really interesting. What a painstaking process restoration is. There... More 

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Eastbourne UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Lovely building full of information and work by Frans Hals. The conservation process going on at the moment of several of the paintings is fascinating, you can watch it actually being done in the afternoons (check with the museum for times). The interiors of the rooms also show items from the period including a spectacular dolls house.

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Beatifull old master paintings of groups by Frans Hals and others. Not to big, very beatifull museum!!

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Absolutely superb collection of Hals' paintings in a terrific setting. This building used to be the town almshouse for men until occupied by the museum a century ago. The collection of his work covers many subjects but the most remarkable are the group portraits of various worthies. Hals can (allegedly) be spotted in one of them. As well as Hals... More 

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

In the 17th century, Haarlem was a powerful and prosperous city and a centre of art and culture. The painters of the Golden Age concentrated on everyday subjects: landscapes, genre scenes, portraits, still lifes and city views, and Frans Hals was one of the best...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I especially liked the interactive picture which explained the origins of classic Dutch idioms. The collection is extensive - I didn't know much about Hals prior to my visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The museum is well laid out and the audio guide is very helpful, once you figure out how it works. The paintings are logically presented and viewing is helped by seating in many of the larger exhibition spaces.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

On the one hand, Frans Hals hasn't produced anything as amazing as Rembrandt's night watch. On the other, this little gem of a museum was a delight. It goes through several paintings by Frans Hals himself, as well as the painters leading up, and the ones after him with details on a card beside each picture, together with a really... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

17th century Dutch art has never really been my thing but seeing Hals's work alongside his contemporaries' and predecessors' does make one appreciate what was special about him. And you get to see a picture being restored in front of you, very, very, slowly.

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