De Hallen Haarlem is the museum for modern and contemporary art in Haarlem. Two times per year De Hallen Haarlem organises a cluster of exhibitions dealing with current developments in the visual arts. In them the museum offers a platform for artists from the Netherlands and other countries, with the accent on photography and video art. The contemporary programming serves to draw attention to new developments. De Hallen Haarlem regularly hosts solo presentations by much discussed international artists who have never previously been shown in the Netherlands. Furthermore, the annual exhibition in the De Hallen Haarlem Summer Series sheds light on themes and people in the history of modern art, from around 1850 to the present day, and addresses a wide audience.
Frans Hals stands shoulder to shoulder with Rembrandt and Vermeer as one of the most innovative and famous painters of the Golden Age. His breathtakingly skilful and vivid painted portraits were much sought after and were a source of inspiration for later artists like Monet, Manet and Van Gogh. The Frans Hals Museum has the largest collection of Hals’s paintings, including the unique and world-famous group portraits of Civic Guard and Regents. The museum also owns masterpieces by other famous Haarlem painters, including Leyster, Goltzius, Ruisdael and Saenredam. The Frans Hals Museum is housed in a picturesque listed building that was an old men’s alms house from 1609. Frans Hals must have visited when he painted group portraits of the governors of the old men’s home. Enjoy the magnificent Regents’ chambers, the unique dining hall and the beautifully laid out courtyard.