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Historic Museum Haarlem

Groot Heiligland 47, Haarlem 2011 EP, The Netherlands
+31 23 542 2427
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Ranked #12 of 14 attractions in Haarlem
Type: Museums, History Museums
Owner description: Het Historisch Museum Haarlem is een levendig en inspirerend museum dat een actieve rol speelt in de stad Haarlem. Een museum dat samen met de... more » Owner description: Het Historisch Museum Haarlem is een levendig en inspirerend museum dat een actieve rol speelt in de stad Haarlem. Een museum dat samen met de bevolking wordt gecreeerd en waar bezoekers enthousiast worden gemaakt voor de geschiedenis, het heden en de toekomst van Haarlem. Het is een ontmoetingsplaats en platform voor jong en oud, de plek waar de bezoeker op een interactieve en verrassende manier de Haarlemse geschiedenis kan beleven en spiegelen aan de actualiteit. Het ideale beginpunt in Haarlem vanwaar de stad verder verkend kan worden, voor zowel Haarlemmers als toeristen. « less
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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229 reviews 229 reviews
113 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Small and eclectic museum with friendly staff. We watched the introductory film which told us about the history of Haarlem, and we viewed the temporary exhibition of portraits by Kees Verwey and a small exhibition on influential women. There was little information in English but one of the staff gave us some handouts. I was expecting there to be more... More

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Reading, PA
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294 attraction reviews
2,826 helpful votes 2,826 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We visited this museum because it was right down the street from the Frans Hals Museum and because the admission fee was included in our Museumkaart. I think Dutch people would appreciate this museum more than tourists. There was a special exhibit about Dutch women when we were there and I had only ever heard of a few of them.... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Attractive mix of displays and exhibitions. Some English language information available, and introductory film can be shown in English (don't miss it for the surprise special effects).

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Perth, Australia
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239 reviews 239 reviews
226 attraction reviews
214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

I usually enjoy visiting museums in any town or city I visit, however I didn't find this museum particularly interesting. There are only a few rooms on the ground floor with artefacts relating to the actual history of Haarlem that I am assuming comprise the permanent display. There is a short introductory video on the history of Haarlem, however you... More

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Heemstede, The Netherlands
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

A good museum, which usually has exhibits that appeal mainly to locals. Nice to visit in combination with Frans Hals museum.

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Chicago, Illinois
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78 reviews 78 reviews
28 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

This museum is compact and cute. The short movie has an English version. Just ask the museum staff to choose that for you if you do not understand Dutch. The movie shows a history of Haarlem with a unique 3-D animation. It is a highlight of this compact museum in my view. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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218 reviews 218 reviews
64 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

The Historic Museum is more or less opposite the famous Frans Hals Museum so if you have some time to spare you can hop in. There is not much on the history of Haarlem, it seems that what they got they just put in without any overall thought like you would see in the Historic Museum in Amsterdam. There is... More

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Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

This cosy museum has a small but very informative exhibition on the history of Haarlem, a short movie with effects outside of the screen provides a nice brief introduction in both Dutch and English. Apart from the regulary exhibition two temporary exhibitions are currently presented. One on the painter Anton Heyboer, it features eary works from his Haarlem period. A... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

The museum is located in a former hospital, and the name of the hospital is still above the entrance door. The main collection is labelled mostly in Dutch, while the temporary exhibitions include English. Visitors can borrow information booklets in English, but if you don't want to read you should watch the movie first and walk around afterwards.This museum has... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

There are a lot of objects displayed at the museum, but unfortunately the comments are not in english, so if you're not a Dutch-speaker, you'll have no idea what you're looking at. What you do get is a guide through the museum, but it only presents Haarlem's history and it doesn't connect the story to the objects. However, you do... More

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