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Frans Hals Museum

Groot Heiligland 62, Haarlem, The Netherlands (Centrum)
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Ranked #1 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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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
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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233 reviews 233 reviews
115 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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155 reviews 155 reviews
32 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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
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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Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

A pleasant fifteen-minute train ride from Amsterdam is the lovely city of Haarlem, where you can spend an afternoon at the Frans Hals Museum, surrounded by art, some of it by Hals. Besides his "Civic Guard" portraits, there are several other works by this Dutch Master. Housed in what was once an orphanage, there are a few surprise pieces: a... More

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Amman, Jordan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

It was a really nice and informative experience, there were no queues, no big crowds, so we were able to see and read everything ... if you're ever in Haarlem, and you love art , then you should go visit Frans Hals Museum

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Perth, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I loved the old artwork & the great audio to understand the history of all the art. I enjoyed just wandering & exploring at my own pace.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Frans Hals Museum. The building itself adds to the atmosphere. In each room, there were interesting displays of fresh flowers which accented the art. The audio tour was excellent and really contributed to helping us appreciate the art. Of all the museums that we visited during a ten day trip to Belgium and... More

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