Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem

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Housed in the painter's town of Haarlem, Frans Hals Museum represents the largest repository of the famed Dutch artist's works in the world. Spending most of his life in Holland, Hals specialized in leaving his paintings with a "rough" finish. Visit the museum and peruse its collection of more than 750 paintings and works spread out over numerous galleries and exhibitions. Inspect Hals' "loose brushwork" up-close to fully appreciate the sense of life and movement it brought to his art, perhaps his most notable trademark. You can listen to an audio tour, included in your admission, or download the museum's smartphone app for more in-depth information along the way. Don't miss seeing the facility's collection of religious artwork and Haarlem-related artifacts also on display. Our Haarlem trip builder makes visiting Frans Hals Museum and other Haarlem attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Although old masters not quite my taste are not yet as far as I am concerned you can order quality back for they are anyway high-quality ' Dutch heritage ' towels, nice big also. But luckily there was also some fresh colours (modern so to see;-). Reception is friendly and everyone is helpful. Beautiful matching building with ditto courtyard. Quite a bit a pity that all rooms are darkened and sharp pictures more difficult.
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  • August 13, 2017
    I was very disappointed in this museum. It's not that the collection isn't good; it is. But there's precious little work by Frans Hals on display. I had visited this museum many years ago and was very...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Visit this museum and you will learn and see the class of this man. Apparently it's so good because it's not perfect yet do you think.
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  • September 9, 2017
    Overall a really great museum for those who appreciate dutch art. The audio tour was worth checking out. If you're already in Haarlem take some time for this place.
  • June 18, 2017
    Very interesting museum combining works of Hals and contemporaries in historical context, including the evolving far east Chinese, all presented within a classic venue. Includes not only paintings but also furniture, silver, glass and porcelain, as well as a whimsical exhibit if modern era art humor. Easy to review comfortably in 1 1/2 hours.
  • June 11, 2017
    Super cool museum with beautiful portraits! Not maybe the best museum if you're with kids but they do have a section with dress up stuff. Was able to see a painting be analyzed for authenticity to being a Frans Hals, which was also neat to read about.
  • August 16, 2017
    Amazing artist. Take your time and look carefully at the composition and details of each work.
  • August 28, 2017
    Awesome Frans Hals. Magnificent collection. One of the top Dutch painters

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Many visitors to Haarlem choose to stay in the historical town center, which offers easy access to the city's outstanding museums. Centrally located four- and five-star rooms and suites offer all the amenities you need, but they also come at a steep price. For slightly less expensive lodgings, check out the good-value guesthouses and self-catering apartments just minutes from the city's main train station. You can also visit Haarlem from nearby Amsterdam, which offers a greater variety of affordable hotel and hostel rooms.
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