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“Surprisingly good”

Het Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics
Ranked #5 of 43 things to do in Leeuwarden
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Owner description: This elegant 18th-century building contains the largest collection of Dutch tiles in the world.
Reviewed February 16, 2014

I don't have any interests in ceramics but, because I own a museumcard I could enter for free and thought that I might as well have a look. I am glad I did, because this museum is well worth a visit. It is located in a beautiful historic building where M.C. Esscher was born and Princess Marie-Louise von Hessen Kassel (the wife of the Stadtholder of Friesland) lived. In this historical setting you can see a lot of ceramics which is nicely displayed throughout the museum. What is also really good is that almost all the information is in Dutch and English (the Frisian museum could learn something from that). The ceramics is not only Dutch, but from all over the world. I would recommend this museum to everyone who happens to be in Leeuwarden. It's even worthwhile if you are generally not really interested in ceramics. Because it's a really good museum.

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Reviewed January 16, 2014

In an historic manor-house with royal connections this museum offers modern and antique,chinese and european ceramics.
The area is a good illustration of a dutch provincial town.

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Reviewed October 7, 2013

This museum is worth your effort: it's an old palace, with modern ceramic art but also an old chamber, decorated with antiques and very often beautiful exhibitions.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics is the leading Dutch museum in its field. It is housed in the former residence of Princess Marie-Louise Von Hessen-Kassel (1688-1765), who bought the house after the passing of her husband, Prince Johan William Friso van Nassau-Dietz, stadtholder of Friesland.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The king of the Netherland's is a descender from the Frysian Nassau's and they lived here.When William the fourth died, his wife(Marijke Meu) was living in this city castle. She also build a beautiful garden the Prinsentuin (garden of the prince) behind her house. In her house she could walk from her home right to the garden. Nowedays ther is a street between her house and the garden
The house is in itself very nice but where you come for is of course the ceramics.
The collection started with the collection of sir Hannema, he gave his collection to the museum
Later there came more and more but the chinese and japanese collection is still the hart of the museum.
Mostley there is a special excibition; at the moment it is the wonders of the Ming dynasty.
And when you are in Leeuwarden, there is enough to see in the city and the islands are not far away. take a bus and a boat and you are within a few hours in Vlieland Terschelling , Ameland or Schiermonnikoog

1  Thank Nynke B
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