Fries museum

The Fries Museum is dedicated to Friesland and the Frisian people. Its activities revolve around the eleven cities that make up the province and the surrounding countryside. These include the Frisians' love-hate relationship with water, the search for what defines the typical Frisian character, and Friesland's place in the wider world. The freedom fighter Grutte Pier's sword; old costumes and clothing; treasures from the Frisian mounds; the legacy of Mata Hari, the exotic dancer who was executed as a spy at the end of the First World War; Gerrit Benner's paintings; contemporary visual art; and the film de Overval: together these objects tell the story of Friesland.

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Natuurmuseum Fryslan)

The theme of this museum is nature. Most of the three storages high exposition is based on experiencing nature. Ever wondered how it is to walk under water? Ever saw animals really close to you? Or did you ever experimented what you can do with water besides drinking and showering?

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Keramiekmuseum Princessehof 

The Princessehof houses a splendid collection of fine ceramics that includes superb art nouveau and elegant Chinese porcelain, as well as work by artists such as Picasso. In addition to events showcasing objects from its own collection the museum also organises special exhibitions.

The Princessehof is also home to Leeuwarden’s finest gift shop. Like the museum itself, it specialises in ceramics, selling everything from beautiful vases to the very latest design. There’s something for everyone.

The museum is located in an 18th-century palace that once belonged to Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel, Princess of Orange-Nassau and ancestor to our monarch. The Princessehof is situated at a beautiful and convenient location in the historical centre of Leeuwarden.

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