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“A delightful visit in a pretty town” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Frans Hals Museum

Frans Hals Museum
Groot Heiligland 62, Haarlem, The Netherlands (Centrum)
023-5115775
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Ranked #1 of 14 attractions in Haarlem
Type: Art Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: This small museum focuses on the works of Frans Hals, 17th-century portrait painter.
london, England
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“A delightful visit in a pretty town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

If you're taking a leisurely trip to Amsterdam then I recommend half a day in the town of Haarlem. It's 15 minutes by train from Amsterdam and they run every few minutes. The area round the station is typically grotty but walk a kilometre and you're in the historic centre with its huge market square and massive church. It's a very quiet town (I suspect it's inhabited largely by commuters) with lots of ancient buildings and its own network of canals.

A few minutes from the market square is the Frans Hals museum, installed in some old almshouses set up for the poor men of the town. I don't know where the poor women went but the men must have been very happy here.

Hals is best known in the UK as the painter of The Laughing Cavalier (not laughing and not a cavalier, but hey); here you see what a fine portraitist he was, along with his large canvases of militia, very like the famous 'Night Watch'.

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“Enjoyable museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

This museum is a real gem. The building that houses the paintings is beautiful. The Hals paintings are spectacular along with the paintings of his contemporaries. The audio guide does a nice job of highlighting the important information.

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“Gen of a building with a great art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

A great selection of paintings by Hals, excellently displayed in this beautiful old almshouse, allows a relaxed and close view to be taken of a great artist's work. Well worth the detour.

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“Worth Visiting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

I didn't know anything about Frans Hals, but his work is great and the museum did a good way to explain what it is about him that makes him great. Definitely worth visiting.

Visited September 2013
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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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