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“Not Just Frans Hals” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Frans Hals Museum

Frans Hals Museum
Groot Heiligland 62, Haarlem, The Netherlands (Centrum)
023-5115775
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$47*
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Skip the Line: Amsterdam and Holland Pass
Ranked #3 of 30 Attractions in Haarlem
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: This small museum focuses on the works of Frans Hals, 17th-century portrait painter.
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“Not Just Frans Hals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

I like Frans Hals just fine, but I was pleasantly surprised that this excellent museum has plenty of other art to offer, including lots of paintings (the detailed Dutch still-lifes were particularly memorable), some really interesting period rooms and even a large dollhouse (you'll have a much more relaxing time viewing this one than you will trying to see similar ones at the super-crowded Rijksmuseum).

The Hals paintings are presented very nicely and I have renewed admiration for his painting skill and craftsmanship. He might be the best painter ever of people having a good time.

In addition, a nice bookstore and a friendly staff help to make this an easy recommendation!

Visited September 2013
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“Small Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Delightful museum. English signage was very helpful with good explanations of the paintings. Not crowded and easy to negotiate the rooms.

Visited September 2013
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“Superb art superbly presented in an intersting building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Fascinating alms house in Haarlem. Lots of superb art, especially the still lifes. Still with original brick floors and leather wall coverings and other artifacts, and all the old clocks were going and struck on the hour. Very comfortable atmosphere in the museum, very enjoyable way to view art.

Visited September 2013
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“Makes you smile on a rainy day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

This is a very nice, well organized and informative exhibition showing the old master's painting in a relation with his contemporaries. The building itself also worth the visit.

Visited May 2013
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“Enjoyable art museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Knew very little about Hals before we visited and now we feel like experts! We had purchased the Netherlands Museum pass, so we decided to take a quick trip inside. We ended up spending more time than we thought we would. Glad we didn't miss it.

Visited June 2013
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