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Museum Haarlem, Haarlem

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Museum Haarlem is a city museum on Groot Heiligland 47, Haarlem, located on the other side of the street from the Frans Hals Museum. It shares its front door with the ABC Architectuurcentrum Haarlem, which is located next door. The museum is devoted to presenting and preserving the cultural history of Haarlem and the surrounding region.HistoryIn 1990 the museum was opened for the public in a building that was once part of the St. Elisabeth Gasthuis hospital. Abbreviated to "EG", the hospital was housed there in the former "Minder Broeders" monastery from 1581 until it moved in 1971 to the Boerhaavelaan. Today the hospital has fused with the St. Johannes de Deo hospital and is called the Kennemer Gasthuis. The museum is just one of several local cultural institutions sharing the historical hospital site which covers an entire city block surrounding the old monastery garden later redesigned by Zocher and now called the "Egelantiertuin". The museum entrance situated at Groot Heiligland 47 was previously the polyclinic entrance to the hospital, joining the former Jewish Hospital "Joles" to the St. Elisabeth's Gasthuis. The Joles hospital, which itself had only been established in 1929-1931, was often called mistakenly the "Sint Joles" by townsfolk, and had always been affiliated with the EG, though it is topped with a copper tower with a Jewish star. Since they shared the same medical staff and financial administration, the only real difference between the two hospitals was the food served to patients, since the Jewish community preferred Kosher meals. After being separated administratively from the EG in 1942 by the German occupying forces during WWII, the space was later formally annexed by the EG in the late 40's due to a lack of Jewish patients.
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  • First, I want to highlight the great kindness of those in charge of the Museum, which explained me facts about the Museum, showed me how to get the explanations in English and worried about at all times that did not have any problem. This museum has several types of exhibitions. The permanent exhibition tells the story of Haarlem, is in Dutch, but have several brochures with the translation of these explanations available to English. It is a very interesting exhibition, with many facts. What I liked most was the part devoted to orphanages, since it is highly interactive: with a reproduction of bed, clothes that they carry, drawers for touch / smell with the characteristic elements of the time. When I went, the temporary exhibitions were on the history of the sport in Haarlem and another of a contemporary artist. Found me both very interesting.
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  • On the way to the Frans Hals Museum we came here by chance. What a nice museum and what a great staff. The ladies was nothing too much, we got extensive explanation about everything with a great enthusiasm. Beautiful images of the Elgin post Haarlem and very informative to see something about the history of Haarlem, d.m.v. depicted a very nice movie with special effects. The style room was also very rewarding. And ... also delicious coffee and chocolates. When we turn around, we will definitely enter again! Thanks ladies!!!
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  • In the Christmas holiday to this museum because of the sport in Haarlem exhibition. Pretty fun for some to learn more about book printing. A little Linnet back ... kind of fun for an hour.
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  • Good way to get a bit of the history of the city of Haarlem. Staffed entirely by volunteers who are very knowledgeable about the city. Feel free to ask them about things to do in the city, they have great ideas.
  • This museum has a great short movie with special effects about the history of Haarlem that you can see in English or Dutch. The main collection gives a nice overview over Haarlem's history from 1245 when the city received its charter from Count Willem II of Holland. The museum is very close to the Frans Hals museum,.
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  • Nice to have the historievan to see the city but there is even more out of it.
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  • Not so great, kind of fun. Special exhibition on the last 4 mayors.
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