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“A Gem (full of gems, as well).” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Teylers Museum

Teylers Museum
Spaarne 16 | Haarlem, 2011 CH Haarlem, The Netherlands (Centrum)
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Ranked #6 of 27 things to do in Haarlem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“A Gem (full of gems, as well).”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Sited in an 18th century building (added on to over the decades), and reputed to be the oldest museum in The Netherlands, Teylers Museum is an eclectic, fascinating, and important experience.

My visit was on a Saturday. There were plenty of kids there with parents and grandparents, and they were in ecstasy! Bones (, bones, bones), crystals, fossilized fish and skeletons, scientific instruments, rocks, some paintings -- this was the ultimate "museum" of the late 1700's. Reminded me of a cross between Harvard's Peabody Museum & The Castle at Smithsonian in Washington DC. Merchant/banker Pieter Teyler was the founder/benefactor and his curiosity and urge to travel/explore led him to both collect and to categorize and organize these artifacts. He was doing all this at end of 1700's/start of 19th century.

Make sure you allow plenty of time to explore the 2-storey, balconied Oval Room (wherein lie many jewels, rocks, crystals, and scientific instruments). The room itself is a treasure. The entry room is also a gem: nearly circular, with fascinating rounded double doors on all the exits to the various hallways and lovely stonework in the floors.

The Museum has a small cafe with a pleasant view onto a sweet little courtyard outside the 20th Century addition.

Visited January 2014
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“natural history and art in an spectacular 18th century setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

the lovely 18th century building is preserved and the modern garden, exhibition hall and shop are designed in wood and the clear lines both match and contrast to the ornate older exhibition rooms.
As dutch museums can be around the 10-15euro entrance fee mark it could be a good idea to splash out on a "MUSEUM-JAARKAART" if planning to see more than 4 museums in your trip.

Visited January 2014
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“Unbelievable collection of Rembrandt etchings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

There are so many interesting things to see at this museum, including the building itself. It has beautiful spaces within the building, small personable rooms with natural lighting. They house an interesting and eclectic collection of scientific instruments, fossils, and art work. Their collection of Rembrandt etchings are amazing. If you make the trip out to Haarlem, we highly recommend a stop at this museum.

Visited December 2013
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“Rembrandts Etchings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We went there especially to see their temporary exhibition of Rembrandts etchings. It was really good. Teylors owns a great deal of Rembrandts art work and it was really good to see his etchings as I had never heard about them before. The museum is in a beautiful building and the gift shop is really nice!

Visited December 2013
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“Time-warp museum plus art gallery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Lovely old-fashioned displays and temporary exhibitions. Modern cafe and shop. English language leaflet available.

Visited December 2013
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