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Address: Wilhelminaplein 92, 8911 BS Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 58 255 5500
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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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Versatile museum

Several different exhibitions in one building, tastefully done. Generally the exhibitions are dedicated to frysian history/culture. Expositions tend be moderately interactive. For... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Janneke L
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Mornington Peninsula, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The town centre itself is attractive and small enough to walk around. Malta Hari lived there for a while. The current exhibition of artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema is stunning. A wide range of his, his wife and daughters' works and shorts of movies his art influenced. Rousseau's dinner plates were gorgeous. Lunch at restored Post Office is a must to round... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Several different exhibitions in one building, tastefully done. Generally the exhibitions are dedicated to frysian history/culture. Expositions tend be moderately interactive. For the main exhibitions extra efforts are generally made, with workshops and movies/talks on the topic. Lovely museum shop. Slieker movies, showing mostly cult movies in the left wing of the museum also recommended. Best museum of leeuwarden!

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Burdaard, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Fries Museum in the heart of Leeuwarden is a beautiful building with a great view on the city square, Zaailand. The Alma-Tadema exhibition lasts till 7 February 2017 and offers a wonderful overview of the works of this Frisian painter. From the Huffington Post: "Leeuwarden, capital of Friesland, produced Rembrandt’s beloved wife Saskia Uylenburgh, along with Mata Hari and... More 

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Thank Ronald N
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A nice modern building Good also for meetings Few but nuce exhibits Well attended even on weekdays Friendly and competent staff

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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful exposition from the Dutch/Anglo painte Sir Lawrence Alkma Tadema , who was born nearby Leeuwarden. The exposition is until the 7th of february 2017. Highly recommended.

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Lake Macquarie, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the museum for the Alma Tadema exhibition. The exhibition was wonderful, very well done. We used the audio tour to get some more information and it was super easy to use with great background information. I can definitely recommend this museum and exhibition!

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Rosmalen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After Jeroen Bosch in 's-Hertogenbosch the Alma Tadema exhibition in Leeuwarden is the must see of 2016 in The Netherlands. Try to plan your visit early in the morning, because it can be very crowded.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

I especially went to the museum because of the Alma-Tadema exhibition. The exhibition was splendid, a bit too crowded though, that spoiled it a bit. This specific exhibition was fantastic, I have not seen any other parts of the museum, so I cannot judge the rest of the building and its collection.

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Thank TaruGina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

On a quest to explore my Frisian roots I knew this museum was as "must do" but was concerned about the comments of prior reviewers concerning a lack of English-language labels for the exhibits. That issue has been solved by the provision of laminated cards in English in the exhibit areas that follow along with the exhibits. While a great... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

Most of the exhibita were quite tiny, I for examply would have been interested in a bigger Mata Hari exhibition. There was a wide variety of exhibita from classical art Alma-Tadema, to modern photography, to "life in Frisland" historic thingy. There was also a resistance museum, but I didn't go. The museum itself is quite easy to find and navigate,... More 

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