We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Wow...what can I say?” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Frans Hals Museum

Frans Hals Museum
Groot Heiligland 62, Haarlem, The Netherlands (Centrum)
023-5115775
Website
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
Book a Tour
Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Haarlem
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: This small museum focuses on the works of Frans Hals, 17th-century portrait painter.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Wow...what can I say?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

hard to find in Haarlem but worth the trip. Great museum to a Rembrandt contemperary. Rembrandt got all the press but Frans and Dirck Hals were great artists in the Golden Age and deserve a better showcase. Glad its in Haarlem...bucaue they were "local boys" and made the subjects come to them.

Visited October 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

254 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    173
    66
    13
    2
    0
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Haarlem, Nederland
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Interesting and fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

I really don't like 'old' art, so my expectations of the Frans Hals museum were low. But it was great!
The free headphones that provided me information of every painting were really convenient. Because of that, the paintings became really interesting. For foreigners, but also for Dutch people, I really recommend this museum.

Visited May 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Charleston, South Carolina
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Special Frans Hals Exibihit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

A special exhibit was on show. There were more Frans Hals paintings than normal on loan from various museums. There were also Rembrandts to compare with the Hals. It was a wonderful exhibit, but was viewable in a morning or afternoon.

Visited May 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Victoria, Canada
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Frans Hals, his flamboyant style and genius”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

If you like 17th century Dutch art, this is the place to visit in Haarlem.
The Frans Hals museum is housed in the old men's alms house, a home for elderly men founded in 1609 and governed by five regents, whose portraits, painted by Frans Hals in 1664, are on display.
I visited in April and enjoyed tremendously the special exhibit Frans Hals: Eye to eye with Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian. 23 March - 28 July, 2013. This exhibit offers the possibility to discover first hand his genius by comparing his approach and style to other similar portraits. The added advantage in April was also a tulip exhibit displayed in a variety of contemporary vases. www.franshalsmuseum.nl
Wonderful experience. If you like museum visits always by a Museum card. It is good for a year. After 5 visits the card has been paid for. Added advantage: you can skip the lines.

Visited April 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Birmingham, Michigan
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Loved the Frans Hals Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Much more than Frans Hals here!
Despite the name, there's lots of 16th- and 17th-century works by different artists. All housed in a lovely space, an easy walk from the station, and only 15 minutes from Amsterdam.

Visited June 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Frans Hals Museum also viewed

Haarlem, North Holland Province
Haarlem, North Holland Province
 
Haarlem, North Holland Province
Haarlem, North Holland Province
 

Been to Frans Hals Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Frans Hals Museum, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.