Museum Haarlem, Haarlem

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Museum Haarlem is a city museum on Groot Heiligland 47, Haarlem, Netherlands, located across 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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  • August 15, 2017
    A stone's throw from the Frans Hals Museum is Museum Haarlem, a modest museum about the history of the region. Rarely so extensive and friendly no even cosy! The exhibition on resistance fighter Hannie Schaft, a Haarlem and famous, I found very worthwhile. The fact that even her glasses (see photo) and pistol on display made it touchy and impressive.
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  • August 1, 2017
    This museum is especially interesting to Haarlem and Kennemerland better know who were the Haarlem-Club? What did they do? What inspired them? Especially the atmosphere hits me here. Just like you you have dips in the past. Interesting are also the ever changing exhibitions on themes relating to Haarlem and Kennemerland.
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  • July 8, 2017
    Although there are a few historical nuggets to be gained the permanent collection is surprisingly small and modest for such a great historical center as Haarlem.  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    This museum is not quite it. You'd think they would have a permanent exhibition on the history of Haarlem but they don't and the temporary ones are not the best. The introduction movie is ooooold-fashioned and a little bit quirky. Only go if you can appreciate slightly old and odd things. ;)
  • April 1, 2017
    A place to get a good impression of the rich history of Haarlem. A bit traditional and old-fashioned but frequently presenting special exhibitions about the provincial capital city. Run by very friendly volunteers.
  • June 16, 2016
    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.
  • October 8, 2012
    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,.
  • March 16, 2011
    very nice

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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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