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Address: Wilhelminaplein 92, 8911 BS Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 58 255 5500
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Fries Museum is dedicated to Friesland and the Frisian people. Its...

The Fries Museum is dedicated to Friesland and the Frisian people. Its activities revolve around the eleven cities that make up the province and the surrounding countryside. These include the Frisians' love-hate relationship with water, the search for what defines the typical Frisian character, and Friesland's place in the wider world. The freedom fighter Grutte Pier's sword; old costumes and clothing; treasures from the Frisian mounds; the legacy of Mata Hari, the exotic dancer who was executed as a spy at the end of the First World War; Gerrit Benner's paintings; contemporary visual art; and the film de Overval: together these objects tell the story of Friesland.

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Fascinating history

spend a while absorbing the history of a unique culture at the Fries Museum.easy to find and I the centre of town

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia
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Odense, Denmark
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a museum, that apparently doesn't really want to be a museum, but rather a collection of individual artifacts. A "postmodern museum" in the worst sense. If you want a good, thorough understanding of Friesland and frisian culture, this is not the place. Good but small exhibitions on Mata Hari and the dikes. Very nice café and shop.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

spend a while absorbing the history of a unique culture at the Fries Museum.easy to find and I the centre of town

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

nice modern new museum in center if the nicy with good art. good view on history of friesland. Ceramic and paintings are shown and items accoriding to the history of friesland

Thank ankyd2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Spend a couple of hours in the museum during a rainy day. The building itself is quite Large considering the exhibitions that were available. The verzetsmuseum was impressive together with the Fries museum About the founding of Friesland. The other exhibitions About knitting didn't excite us that much so we went on. The café downstairs has great coffee and food!... More 

Thank Patrick C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

We had the wonderful Museum Card for the Netherlands which is a lot less wonderful now than it used to be. Evidently people were abusing it by letting others use it so now, unless you have an address in the Netherlands, it is only good for 31 days instead of the year it used to be. The Fries Museum might... More 

Thank solomon5
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

The permanent collection is very well put together and exhibited in its own way. Very enjoyable with nice temporary exhibitions. The building itself is exquisit in my opinion

Thank Lucia976
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016 via mobile

Nice to visit you can get all the details related with area. Entry fee can be less Eating possible after visit- thats fine- coffee with sugar bread- must be tasted

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Larnaka City, Cyprus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

The Museum is modern and very interesting, especially if you want to learn about the history and culture of Friesland. There are descriptions in English, even though they are printed in separate folders/ sheets that you can carry around the museum halls and try to find each described exhibit. After a while you get used to the process. There is... More 

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Bitgummole, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2016

Nice museum to go to learn some of the history of the province of frisland in the Netherlands. It is a quiet new museum with also a nice cafe where you can eat lunch or have just something warm to drink and bakery. It is located in town center so you could also visit the shopping area of the city... More 

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Harlingen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016

A great place to see a concise history of the province of Friesland. The building itself is well located in the middle of Leeuwarden with ample parking near by. The exhibits are eye-catchingly portrayed and special exhibits are well chosen. A great way to spend an afternoon and feel proud of the history of this underestimated area of the Netherlands.

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