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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
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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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Ontario
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70 reviews 70 reviews
20 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Like many others, we took the train from Amsterdam Central station to Haarlem and caught bus #3 and were dropped off quite near the museum. It was a pleasure to visit this gallery. There is an excellent video to watch on your arrival and with the audio guide, we were able to experience it in English. The audio guide was... More

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Naples, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Haarlem is a great place to locate. Only a 35 minute bus ride or 15 minute train ride from Amsterdam. Haarlem is quiet, relaxing and cheaper than Amsterdam and is a beautiful smaller city. The Frans Hals Museum is such a pleasant way to experience some wonderful art. In contrast to the Riksmuseum with its crowds and everyone pushing their... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

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
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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
4 helpful votes 4 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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26 reviews 26 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
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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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128 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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123 helpful votes 123 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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