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Eise Eisinga Planetarium

Address: Eise Eisingastraat 3, 8801 Franeker, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 (0)517 393070
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Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Franeker
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science museums, Museums
Attraction details
Type: Science museums, Museums
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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English first
Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
60 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Not a modern planetarium but the work of one man built some 200 years ago and still working It's the oldest working one in the world (check Wikipedia for more info)

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154 reviews 154 reviews
36 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is an incredible display of sheer genius and so well presented. The tour presents Else Eisinga life so well and the presentation of his planetarium in the house was superb. The docent was magnificent. His life would make an incredible movie. Franeker has a lot to be proud about. Go out of your way if necessary and don't miss... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We really enjoyed this visit to the planetarium. Very interesting, it's amazing how a man could design and build such a complex system. The people attending the museum were very nice, we had an english visit guide for free. We encourage people to visit this cozy museum, this piece of science history in the north of netherlands that is just... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Our relatives took us here saying it was a must. We had no idea this place existed or the history. The planetarium blew us away. We were also able to view the mechanics behind it by exploring the roof. It was very insightful and the guide was most informative.

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Hamilton, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

We went to this Planetarium and we were not disappointed. Fascinating and amazing that someone could create this. Great displays and lots of information. Well worth the drive.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This wonderful attraction is in the heart of Frisland an makes you feel like you are back in the 18th century. The town is just as beautiful as the planetarium itself. Make sure to stop at the Planetarium café for a coffee and a sweet. Everyone is very friendly. It is a destination to remember. Also , parking is not... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

What a great discovery in the sleepy town of Franeker, Friesland. You don't have to be an astronomy geek to appreciate this world's oldest working planetarium. Built in 1774 until 1781 by Dutch genius Eise Eisinge in his living room, this accurate scale model of the solar system is informative, impressive and inspiring! Great for adults and kids!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

City is great full of history, museum experience is top, with some more development for city former university, kaatssport experience and more, it could reattain its ancient status and equal Rothenburg's tourist attractivity

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Tirana, Albania
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Franeker (Frjentsjer in Frisian) is one of the most interesting towns of the beautiful Dutch province of Fryslân. It is an old town with many historic buildings of interest to tourists. One of the most intriguing buildings is Eise Eisinga's Planetarium which is nominated to be included in the world heritage list of Unesco. It is the oldest planetarium in... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Very informative museum about astronomy and the historical background of the planetarium, which was built in the 18th century and still works. The 30 minute video (available in Dutch, English and German) about the creator of the planetarium is worth watching, I think.

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