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Eise Eisinga Planetarium

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Address: Eise Eisingastraat 3, 8801 Franeker, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 (0)517 393070
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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A visit here will probably only take an hour but it is well worth it. The cafe is also fantastic - a great spot for lunch or a coffee

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Hereford, United Kingdom

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

A visit here will probably only take an hour but it is well worth it. The cafe is also fantastic - a great spot for lunch or a coffee

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I love astronomy and star/planet gazing, so I had to go to the oldest functioning planetarium in the world! Well, it is more of an orrery than a planetarium based on today's definitions. It's not huge and breathtaking if that's what you're looking for, but seeing the intricate design and construction of the orrery, and listening to the 300-year old... More 

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The place to go when in Franeker. It is a small but charming museum about Eise Eisinga's educational work.

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haarlemmermeer
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

it's not a very big museum but I did find it impressive. The planetarium itself build in the ceiling of a well preserved late 18th century family home but also the exhibition about other locals turning their hand to maths or instrument building with little in the way of education was interesting. Look at everything and you can while away... More 

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West Sussex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The worlds oldest working planetarium dated 1774 when Eise started to build this model of the solar system on the ceiling of his sitting room. It took him 7 years and it is a genuine working model. It shows the date, the week, the year, the phases of the moon, position of the zodiac and so much more. Upstairs you... More 

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Harwood-in-Teesdale
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

For those wanting to mix history with science, this is a most worthwhile place to visit. There is much to see and to interest both young and old. It contains the world's old planetarium. The functioning mechanical parts are visible, and this adds to the experience. Highly recommended.

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Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This planetarium is the oldest still working construction in Europe. It shows in real time where the planets in our solar system are in relation to the sun. The mechanism is more than 200 years old and shows the dedication and passion of the man who constructed this. The museum is small and you can visit it in less that... More 

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Leusden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

A couple of weeks back we visited this amazing place. Really interesting and impressive to see how Eise Eisinga in the 1700s created this planetarium which is still running and still represents the real position of the planets in our solar system.

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Drachten, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

A very interesting museum. An explanation about it all is given in Dutch and English around the clock. And it is wise to hear what they have to say, to learn more about it all. Further a decent display about planets and so on. Very nice and interesting for sure. Panels in the museum are also in English.

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Leeuwarden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

It is quite interesting to see how handreds of years ago somebody with no education could make such a thing but I expected a bit more. If you are in Friesland you should visit, also it is a good plan for a rainy day but In my oppnion there are more beautiful things to see in this area.

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Additional Information about Eise Eisinga Planetarium

Address: Eise Eisingastraat 3, 8801 Franeker, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 (0)517 393070
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  Friesland Province  >  Franeker
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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