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Frans Hals Museum

Groot Heiligland 62, Haarlem, The Netherlands (Centrum)
023-5115775
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Ranked #2 of 14 Attractions in Haarlem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: This small museum focuses on the works of Frans Hals, 17th-century portrait painter.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Haarlem is an easy 15 minute train ride from Amsterdam and the museum is only about a 15 minute walk from the train station. OK, maybe longer if you stop and get a cappuccino from Victor's on the way there! The audio (included in admission price) is excellent; I learned a great deal in a short period of time. As... More

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Seattle
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91 reviews 91 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Great museum. Equal to any gallery in a major city including Amsteram. Franz Hals is a painter you always associate with the Dutch Masters. Not alone is this an interesting museum but it is located in a lovely setting.

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NY, USA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Splendid little museum with wonderful art collection. If you are fan of Frans Hals, this is the place for you.

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Salem, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Helpful Intro movie (the movie is in Dutch, so wear the English audio tour headphones). Frans Hals and his contemporaries preserved with remarkable realism a view into 16th and 17th century Holland. It was a warmish day in Haarlem and the room temperatures of the exhibits were uncomfortable, to distraction. Well worth the visit: 12.5 euros/each. This has put the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This was well worth the trip to Holland just for this. Opening hours in March were a bit odd but it is a real gem of a small museum and the house is wonderful too. Highly recommend Harlem as well.

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Zutphen, The Netherlands
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A well designed museum with fascinating things in it. Located in the centre of the city close to other places to visit.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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120 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The building itself, a former orphanage, is interesting to see and houses a good collection of art and silverware. Frans Hals' portraits, especially the large group portraits, are impressive and the introductory film gives a comprehensive overview of the artist's work and life. The audioguide was helpful when it worked!

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Burlington, Vermont
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Once we had worked out that it was the audio guide that was non-functional;not us(!) - and helped someone else with same issue, tried to work out correct route, avoiding workmen and wedding photographers! After the initial 16 min filmed intro which was excellent, found the audioguide occasionally useful and interesting and stuck to Rick Steves for the rest. This... More

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Portland, Oregon
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62 reviews 62 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Anticipated the tour of the museum which was fortunately part of the museum card. Nice structure and laid out well, but very few actual Frans Hals works. Most of what they have are a series of the same paintings of his regiment members in different years. I know that these are important works, but the museum audio tour (English) did... More

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New York City, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I'm not a fan of this style of painting and wouldn't have visited if admission weren't included in my tour package. But the audioguide was very informative and pointed out things that made looking at these paintings fascinating.

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