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Fries Museum

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Address: Wilhelminaplein 92, 8911 BS Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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+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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Nice architecture, interesting collection

I went to the Fries Museum for the excellent Alma Tadema exhibition, but visited afterwards also the permanent collection. These collections are interesting and give a good... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Klaas S
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Renkum, the Netherlands
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Renkum, the Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went to the Fries Museum for the excellent Alma Tadema exhibition, but visited afterwards also the permanent collection. These collections are interesting and give a good insight in the Frisian culture. Some parts may be enriched further: in some parts of the new building you get a feeling that the building is too big for the collection... Some organization... More 

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum has a nice look and modern feel. On the saturday we visited it was quite crowded especially at the beginning of the exposition. The latter part was more quite. The cafe was a bit disappointing in the service and quality of food

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Most fellow visitors came to see the Alma-Tadema exhibition. Not quite my cup of tea, but the display, with painting juxtoposed to film fragments whose mise en scene was inspired by them was clever and spectacular. We came for the inspiring and warm textile art by Claudy Jongstra, who also created a permanent woven backdrop for the reception. Beautiful, intriguing... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the special exhibition of Friesland's famous son Lawrence (Lourens) Alma-Tadema. Very nice exhibition. Very nice (modern) museum, including a permanent WWII Dutch resistance exhibit. Helpful staff. Nice museum café.

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Thank Stefan L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very Nice new building (2013). Very different expositions: from temporary exhibitions of paintings to a resistance museum. With the present exposition, tadema, a little bit crowded, but good organized

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

Newly built museum (2013) in Leeuwarden center. Worth a visit, if only because of the fine building. We visited the Alma-Tadema exposition in December 2016.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

Nice, clear overview. Elevator available. The cloakroom also provides small safes so you can store your handbag in all safety, (the museum only allows very small handbags). Pleasant museum.

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Mornington Peninsula, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

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 November 16, 2016 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 November 15, 2016

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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