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“A quiet star of a museum” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Teylers Museum

Teylers Museum
Spaarne 16 | Haarlem, 2011 CH Haarlem, The Netherlands (Centrum)
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2 Hour Private Walking Tour of Haarlem
Ranked #5 of 38 things to do in Haarlem
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Owner description: Anyone who opens the museum's heavy door on the bank of the River Spaarne sees at a glance what it is that inspires such enthusiasm. The museum breathes the atmosphere of the 18th and 19th centuries - the Age of the Enlightenment - when people were busily gathering knowledge about the world. Teylers Museum is a world in itself, one that you will never forget. Teylers Museum is the best-preserved 18th-century public knowledge institution for the arts and sciences in the world. It has been open to the public since 1784, welcoming all those who are eager to look at paintings and drawings by the Old Masters, magnificent minerals, ingenious scientific instruments, precious books, and centuries-old fossils. The museum's interior alone, with the monumental Oval Room as pièce de resistance, is a truly remarkable attraction. It is the only authentic 18th-century museum interior in the world.
London, United Kingdom
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“A quiet star of a museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Worth the visit for the imposing and atmospheric building alone, especially on a dark winter's afternoon, because the oldest part of the building appears to have minimal electric lighting. Highlights for me are the Oval Room (an 18th century museum in itself) and the galleries of paintings, where the whole ensemble is just a delight, both the (largely Dutch) paintings and the way in which they are arranged. There are superb visiting and temporary exhibitions. The people who visit and the people who run it obviously enjoy the place and its contents; they don’t give the impression of going there because it is the thing to do. Regarding those contents, they are wide ranging and reflect the time of the museum's foundation when arts and sciences were a single strand. Large airy cafeteria and a shop which wants to help us educate ourselves all the more.

Visited November 2013
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New Providence, New Jersey
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“Beautiful Rembrandt etchings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

This museum has a little bit of everything. I was less interested in the rocks, instruments, fossils than the art. The Rembrandt etchings were fantastic and worth seeing. They have 265 of his etchings. 11 euro entrance fee.

Visited November 2013
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IJsselstein, The Netherlands
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“This is one of the gems in The Netherlands!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Residents and non-residents should have been in the TEYLERS once in their lives! This is one of the most impressive museums you'll visit in you live. The paintings are remarkable as well as their collection of scientific instruments. Even the building itself is a reason to step in... breathtaking!

Visited September 2013
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“Wonderful place, paintings, drawings and also old physical instruments en stones.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Teylers museum is probably the oldest museum in the world that is still functioning today - in the same place and almost the same structure. Started in the end of the 18th century with painting, fossil collections and physical instruments (including a gigantic electrostatic generator, see picture). Expanded at the end of both the 19th and 20th century, in contemporary styles that suit the other parts. They often have interesting exhibitions, check on: http://www.teylersmuseum.eu/index.php?item=71&flact=1&lang=en
Walk over the nineteen century mosaic floors, between display cases with 19th century instruments and fossils (some really impressive) to the oldest part, the Oval Hall.
Then visit the 19th century picture halls, restored in the original style and colours. In the 20th century exhibition hall is always a temporary exhibition.
You can drink or eat something in the the Tuinzaal (garden room). It has a great view on the garden in the middle of the block, which itself is in one of the oldest parts of Haarlem,

Visited September 2013
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Newton Stewart, Scotland, United Kingdom
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“scientific mainly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

there are coins and pictures and various rocks etc however the main part of the building is given over to the history of various scientific instruments

Visited August 2013
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