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Reviewed 4 days ago

Went to the Franz Hals Museum in Haarlem on a train from Amsterdam to see the exhibition "Franz Hals and the Moderns," and was glad I did. The museum, as well as the exhibition, was fabulous.

It is housed in a 17th century building with a front entrance that resembles a gateway. There is also a beautiful garden inside, which you shouldn't miss. The setting really puts you in the mood to see Old Master paintings.

The audio guide was included in the admission ticket and was very good. I never thought I would appreciate Hals' portraits of the Civic Guards, but after learning how the artist posed them differently to create movement, I'm now a fan.

I never realized how many modern artists literally copied his paintings, but there were many, including Courbet, Sargent, and Manet. The highlight of the exhibition is the Hals and Van Gogh room, which focuses on the mailman Joseph Roulin and his family from Arles. The museum hired an illustrator to decorate the walls, and the one in this room is outstanding. Don't miss!

PS If you buy a combo ticket with the Leonardo exhibition at the Teyler Museum, this is by far the better exhibition.

Thank John D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating to learn more about Frans Hals life. He influenced a large number of future painters who visited and were inspired for their own paintings. This included Van Gogh and impressionists which was unexpected

Thank Angela M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the combined exhibition of Frans Hals’s work together with the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in Teylers Museum. The exhibition is called ‘Frans Hals and the Moderns’.

The Frans Hals Museum is about ten minutes walk (or five by bike) from Teylers Museum.

Frans Hals has had a surprising influence of painters like Van Gogh, Manet and Singer Sargent.

Very interesting exhibition showing this influence.

Thank Johan17
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The main Frans Hals museum at Groot Heiligland is superb (skip the 2nd building at Groote Markt without missing much) and the painter speaks equally much to the amateur and expert viewers. Vivid portraits and group portraits that inspire -- as realistic as photographs -- sometimes produced in a single layer, wet-on-wet paint. This painter was pure genius. At the temporary exhibit, it is documented how several super-star painters -- Manet, Singer Sargent, Whistler -- came back to study his painting style several hundred years later. I found Singer Sargent's portrait of Constance Wynne-Roberts (only there temporarily for the exhibition) breath taking. But honestly, Hals' permanent collection here is all I need to come back to Haarlem. If you are at the Rijksmuseum, you can sample the wonderful portrait of 'the drinker' (the only Hals at the Rijksmuseum if I am correct). In Haarlem, however, they keep his portraits coming. Budget at least a visit of a couple of hours and then ask yourself: are (the internationally more famous) Rembrandt and van Gogh as good?

1  Thank lexhuberts
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

I am a great fan of Frans Hals and particularly enjoyed this large collection in and around room 14! Don’t overlook the exquisite Doll House displayed in the same museum!

1  Thank Melody S
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

We had never heard of Frans Hals until coming to Haarlem this summer. Our dear friend and resident of Haarlem took us to the museum and it did not disappointment. What magnificent paintings Frans Hals did. This was definitely one of our favorite days in Haarlem. We highly recommend that you write this in for your list of things to do!

1  Thank msshields63
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

The building itself is lovely. I very much enjoyed the Frans Hals paintings but was less impressed by pieces of modern art that were put there for debatable reasons.

Thank Eva Julia T
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Reviewed September 26, 2018

The Frans Hals Museum has 2 locations 1) the museum at the Groot Heiligland and 2) the museum "Hal" (formerly "de Hallen") at the Grote Markt. For Frans Hals paintings you'd want to visit the first location.
Frans Hals (1582, Antwerp - 1666, Haarlem) is somewhat underrated compared to other, better known, painters of his era (e.g. Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rubens etc.) As you go through the rooms in this museum you'll get to understand his particular painting style and how this affected more modern painting schools, such as the Impressionists. His paintings are set against those of other artists for comparison. If you like art it's a delightful place. Some of the rooms are time pieces. There are some unexpected displays such as the one which analyses the looks of painting subjects and assigns potential diseases they may be subjected to. All in all very interesting museum.

Most of what is on display is accompanied by texts in English, however a major one, the visual display pointing out Frans Hals' influence on the Impressionists is not. It's somewhat obvious, but it definitely can handle improvement.

There are lockers.

Thank HCovik
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Reviewed September 24, 2018

The approach in several of the galleries seems to be a 'compare and contrast' exercise in which works of Flemish masters are deliberately juxtaposed with modern pieces. This actually works pretty well, I thought, although I did wonder at one point when all the painting by Hals would start to show up. The video presentation at the start is certainly worth catching as it presents a useful overview of Hals' life and works. (You need to borrow a free audio guide from reeption to hear it in English, though there is no audio guide to the galleries themselves). After what seems like a rather sparse collection, you reach the main salon where the walls are covered and this is a real treat. Apart from the painting by Hals I particularly liked the precisionist paintings of the Grote Markt by Berckheyde and the beautiful Regentesses of St. Elisabeth's Hospital by Verspronk, the latter being one of several exploring the theme of the interrupted meeting. The section where medical students were invited to comment on what might have been ailing the characters that Hals painted added a more light-hearted touch. All in all, a diverting couple of hours. The cafe does nice sandwiches for lunch too.

Thank milimana
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Reviewed September 11, 2018

Having been a huge admirer of Frans Hals and his oeuvre, this place was a must see for me.
Prior to the visit I acquainted myself with what to expect at the museum, so I knew in advance that not all of Hals' work is located here (there are a few others at Rijksmuseum nearby) however, majority of the large-scale group portraits are at the Frans Hals Museum where you can enjoy them from comfortable couches.

The museum is attempting a new approach in the curating - it is doing its best to draw a parallel between, as well as present, both the Dutch masters of the golden age of Dutch art alongside some contemporary artists. It is doing so successfully and thankfully without drawing attention away from Hals and his contemporaries.
The building itself is exquisite and I suggest getting acquainted with its history too.
The museum staff is very friendly and informative.

Thank Mina M
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