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Fries Museum

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Address: Wilhelminaplein 92, 8911 BS Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 58 255 5500
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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 museum but could do with more in English please

A really lovely and fascinating museum with super staff. The resistance section is particularly moving but I wish there was an English translation of the Dutch descriptions. Using... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited recently and were especially impressed with the sections on the history of Frysland (the settlers in America who left their children behind in Holland) and the Resistance movement during WWII. There could possibly be clearer translations available for non Dutch speakers, but the exhibit was so moving.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A really lovely and fascinating museum with super staff. The resistance section is particularly moving but I wish there was an English translation of the Dutch descriptions. Using Google translate didn't always work and although English visitors may be few and far between, English could be used my other non-Dutch speaking people's. But all in all, a lovely experience of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

The Fries (Frysk) Museum is worth a look whilst visiting Leeuwarden, the capital city, of the provice of Fryslan. It is located in the city centre of Leeuwarden and has basement parking with direct lift access to the museum. Ideal for people that are less mobile. The museum itself is a very modern building, the displays in the museum give... More 

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Arnhem
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

We came for the exhibition about knitting. It was very interesting and eyeopening. I was astonished about what people could do knitting..

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

Our visit was specifically to take in one of the exhibitions (on the local impacts of WWII) which was very well done - using a range of medium to explain the facts and with plenty of personal stories to really bring the impacts to life. This exhibition was in Dutch but a very good English translation was provided in a... More 

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Neutral Bay, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Plenty to see here, apart from temporary exhibits there's some great stuff on the history of Friesland and culture, it's development and evolution through floods and polderisation and of course WWII resistance sections taking you through the 2nd world war and it's impact on this region. Very good.

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Thank David R
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

The item on knitting was good, but don't go here for facts and atmosphere about Friesland, because that's been done rather poorly.Pity the old museum has been shut down and all the stuff has moved to this new place. Not a succes.

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Odense, Denmark
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

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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Heerenveen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

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

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