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Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory

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Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory

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LindaLuc1 wrote a review Jan 2020
Den Bosch, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands5 contributions
We really enjoyed our visit, the staff is very helpful and friendly and we found it informative and nice. There is a nice sticker search game for small kids. Nowadays lots of museums are loud noisy and full of screens and this one isnt. Lovely atmosphere that we really enjoyed!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Hendrik_NL wrote a review Dec 2019
Vlaardingen, The Netherlands7,138 contributions935 helpful votes
Many well known museums are transformed into "experiences", with the core business to please children, but the Sonnenborgh museum is still an "old fashioned" museum, steeped in history. The building goes back to a laboratory, in use in the 17th century, constructed on a bulwark from the 16th century. In the 19th century the Utrecht observatory was relocated from a place in the city walls to the Sonnenborgh building. Famous people have guided this institute, to mention one well known name: mr. Buys Ballot. The original telescope can be admired and is still in function on special occasions. Interesting is the library, which had the same interior for more than a century. I wonder about some negative reviews of this museum on TA and I am not sure if those reveiwers have visited all the rooms properly. All explanations at the exhibits are in Dutch and in English. Furthermore, the museum is very gripping and has an interesting history. A dedicated tablet may be borrowed from the box office, presenting even more to-the-point explanations. Entrance for a fee. Free entrance with the Dutch annual museum pass. Special events carry an additional fee.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Ardhanareeshvara wrote a review Aug 2019
Pune, India822 contributions194 helpful votes
Perched on the old buttress walls ,located in the former Sonnenborgh bastion is the Museum and Observatory, This dates back to 1551 and is one of the three bastions south of the old city centre, Watching over a bend in the canal it makes a striking sight and the pathways and green cover around it add to the panorama.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Maria G wrote a review Oct 2017
Athens, Greece61 contributions13 helpful votes
We were really disappointed by the fact that there were no english captions, only dutch. As a result it was impossible for us to understand what it was we were seeing. The dutch children seemed to have fun there though... I think that there should have been a warning that the museum is only for Dutch people..
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Letvs wrote a review Jan 2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands40 contributions10 helpful votes
I suppose we are spoiled after living in Amsterdam for so many years and being around so many child-friendly museums (though Leiden's are amazing, too). We decided to venture out, but we found this museum incredibly boring. I agree with another reviewer who said that this museum is for people who already have a passion for the stars. If you're looking to become more informed or to experience it with your kids, you will be disappointed. There is supposed to be a special exhibition in a tiny inflatable planetarium. Artis is much better. Waste of time.
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Date of experience: January 2017
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