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Located in Leeuwarden, capital of the Dutch province of Friesland (Fryslân), the Museum of Friesland has a rich history spanning almost 190 years. In 2013, it moved into the first newly constructed Dutch museum building of the 21st century.

As the main repository of Friesland’s material heritage, it is recognised internationally for key aspects of its collection. These include spectacular treasures excavated from ancient Frisian mounds, 17th- and 18th-century Frisian silverware, and works by the 19th-century painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema, who was born near Leeuwarden.

Also housed here is the Hindeloopen room that became an international icon of northern European identity at Paris’s Great Exhibition of 1878, as well as items highlighting the legacy of Mata Hari, who was born in Leeuwarden. Museum visitors can admire works by Old Master painters and 20th-century Frisian artists such as Gerrit Benner, and also Dutch and international contemporary art and design.

Through these objects, the Museum of Friesland tells stories about Friesland’s eleven cities and the countryside, the love-hate relationship that Frisians have with water, and the quest to define Frisian culture and Friesland’s position in the world.

Fries Museum

Wilhelminaplein 92

8911 BS Leeuwarden


4 videos

  • Fake doors and spaces in Phantom Limb: art beyond Escher.

    For the exhibition Phantom Limb: Art Beyond Escher in Leeuwarden’s Fries Museum, Michiel Kluiters used seemingly minimal visual elements in order to suggest a complete system of rooms.

  • Feiko Beckers

    Insensitive to the hypes of the mostly serious art world, Feiko Beckers (Witmarsum, 1983) is a striking presence. With his inimitable logic and atypical decors, costumes and props, Beckers’ performances are alienating, to say the least. He invents hilarious solutions to trivial problems that often far exceed their intention.

  • The photobooks of Dolph Kessler

    Meet photographer Dolph Kessler in the comfort of his own home, a serene place in the green paddocks of Friesland. He gives insight in how he works and what inspires him.

  • The Frisian trip of Eric Giraudet de Boudemange

    Meet Eric Giraudet de Boudemange. Whilst the visual artist is setting up his newest exhibition, he explains his way of working, thoughts and hall-filling landscape of artworks.

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