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In Franeker staat een uniek stadskasteel uit 1500 waar Museum Martena is gevestigd. Franeker heeft een roemrucht verleden als Frieslands enige universiteitsstad, in de academiezaal staan we hier uitgebreid bij stil. Anna Maria van Schurman, de...more
The museum reveals a lot about the Dutch and even Spanish history. The city Franeker had a university between 1600 and 1800 and much of the people and their stories are recorded and on display. Even New York has a point of interest... Peter Stuyvesant,...More
Date of experience: June 2018
ManonBorst, General Manager at Museum Martena, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2018
The Martena-stins dating from 1498 is a charming Medieval fortified house dating back to the 15th century.
The garden;Martena-tuin is free to visit and a lovely place to rest after admiring the historical collections.
Franeker was the former university town of Friesland(1585-1811) and the museum...More
Date of experience: October 2017
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ManonBorst, directeur at Museum Martena, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2017
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The museum is housed in a former stins, or fortified small city castle build in the 1500´s. The museum shows several nice portraits of early former inhabitants or related people. It also houses an old porcelain collection, a reconstruction of the "academiekamer" of the university...More
This museum is the place to learn about the former university of Franeker, attended by René Descartes, among others. There is an interesting exhibition about Anna Maria van Schurman, one of the first female students at a university, and mastering 11 or 12 different languages....More
Although we visited for the exhibition on display (paintings of Frysian children from the past), the building itself turned out to be even more of a surprise! Located in an old city castle, you don't need more than an hour to see it all, but...More
Part of the museum is a historic house and the story behind it. The rest of the space is used to show local artists' work . The ladies who run the place are very friendly and can give good tips on what to visit in...More