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“One of a kind” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Het Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics

Het Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics
Grote Kerkstraat 11, 8911 DZ Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
058-212-74-38
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Owner description: This elegant 18th-century building contains the largest collection of Dutch tiles in the world.
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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“One of a kind”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics is the leading Dutch museum in its field. It is housed in the former residence of Princess Marie-Louise Von Hessen-Kassel (1688-1765), who bought the house after the passing of her husband, Prince Johan William Friso van Nassau-Dietz, stadtholder of Friesland.

Visited June 2013
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  • Dutch first
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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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“One of the most beautiful porcelain museums”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The king of the Netherland's is a descender from the Frysian Nassau's and they lived here.When William the fourth died, his wife(Marijke Meu) was living in this city castle. She also build a beautiful garden the Prinsentuin (garden of the prince) behind her house. In her house she could walk from her home right to the garden. Nowedays ther is a street between her house and the garden
The house is in itself very nice but where you come for is of course the ceramics.
The collection started with the collection of sir Hannema, he gave his collection to the museum
Later there came more and more but the chinese and japanese collection is still the hart of the museum.
Mostley there is a special excibition; at the moment it is the wonders of the Ming dynasty.
And when you are in Leeuwarden, there is enough to see in the city and the islands are not far away. take a bus and a boat and you are within a few hours in Vlieland Terschelling , Ameland or Schiermonnikoog

Visited May 2013
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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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“A must see if you're into Ceramics...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I'll be brief; in 'Het Princesshof' you'll find the kind of ceremics you might expect in a museum, but you'll also find ceramics that will surprise you. There are frequent exhibitions around a theme. Quite exceptional. And all of that in a beautiful historic building right in the centre of Leeuwarden, which is a pretty town anyway!

Visited August 2012
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“Unique in ceramics”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Het Princessehof had a marvelous collection of ceramics all over the world. The temporary exhibitions are also worth a visit. Now is the Ming dynasty exhibition at stake, also as an example of the good quality over the last years.

Visited March 2013
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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“Current exhibition Ming Dynasty really worth while!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Current Chinese collection (Ming dynasty) is really worth-while. They have a free audio tour. Take it; it's fun!

Visited May 2013
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