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Teylers Museum

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Neighbourhood: Centrum
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Address: Spaarne 16 | Haarlem, 2011 CH Haarlem, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 23 516 0960
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00

Anyone who opens the museum's heavy door on the bank of the River Spaarne...

Anyone who opens the museum's heavy door on the bank of the River Spaarne sees at a glance what it is that inspires such enthusiasm. The museum breathes the atmosphere of the 18th and 19th centuries - the Age of the Enlightenment - when people were busily gathering knowledge about the world. Teylers Museum is a world in itself, one that you will never forget. Teylers Museum is the best-preserved 18th-century public knowledge institution for the arts and sciences in the world. It has been open to the public since 1784, welcoming all those who are eager to look at paintings and drawings by the Old Masters, magnificent minerals, ingenious scientific instruments, precious books, and centuries-old fossils. The museum's interior alone, with the monumental Oval Room as pièce de resistance, is a truly remarkable attraction. It is the only authentic 18th-century museum interior in the world.

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Outstanding Museum.

We had a thoroughly enjoyable and educational visit to the Teylers Museum, the oldest in the Netherlands. It was one of the highlights of our trip to Amsterdam. The scientific... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Greenville, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The building and exposition material are impressive. The museum is quite small, what makes it easy to orientate. The exposition is not very attractive for children under 10 years. It's all quite static exposed in vitrines and cabinets.

Thank Niels H
Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a thoroughly enjoyable and educational visit to the Teylers Museum, the oldest in the Netherlands. It was one of the highlights of our trip to Amsterdam. The scientific instrument exhibits were fascinating. The Oval Room was a joy to see with its cases of rocks and stone, instruments in wall cases, and the interesting upper library. Interesting because... More 

Thank ValGary2014
The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a private after hours tour and the also because of the guide the visit was very nice and pleasant. The museum has a very broad collection with unique items.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting Teylers art, natural history, and science museum felt like entering a time machine. Among the wonderful contraptions in the instrument room and the beautiful display cases in the fossil rooms we had the impression that the history of science came to life. Like when we spotted two huge Leyden jars, or a piece of pink and grey rock said... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

My friend and I took the audio tour through this museum, but the audio tour was quite confusing. If it is still free, take the audio tour, otherwise skip it. There is so much to take in when walking through this museum. It was in my top 3 museums that I visited in Haarlem and Amsterdam.

Thank Elizabeth H
Neutral Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Such a lot to see, so leave plenty of time. With a huge range of collections there's bound to be something for most folk. Huge collections of fossils, semi precious stones and rock samples, instruments, and so much more. There's a great art gallery with some stunning Dutch masters works also. It's te best museum in town by a mile.

Thank David R
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Many scientific instruments greet you in the first six rooms which we didn't find that interesting to be honest. Room 7 has some pictures but the drawings and prints that you could pull out from their boxes were fabulous. Rooms 9 & 10 had a few great paintings. Staff were very friendly and helpful and we found the printed guide... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Holland's oldest museum. A wide-ranging collection of scientific inventions, fossils, animal bones and art in a purpose built museum. Liked the balloon exhibition. Cafe good for sandwich lunch.

Thank JohnN0113
Heemstede, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

This was my second visit to this museum and although it is not very large they manage to present interesting new exibitions. For the kids they always have a fun tour and the youngest (4) gets a small stool to carry so she can see the items on display at a higher level. Very nice trip on a rainy day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Nice old style museum of a type that is fast disappearing. A mix of natural history, geology, old scientific instruments and art gallery. Well worth a relaxing stroll and with a nice garden too. Some surprisingly important fossils kept here, though the displays are rather old fashioned and don't really make this too clear. The gallery rooms are spacious and... More 

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