The Vleeshal as well as the Verweyhal are an annexe of the Frans Hals museum under the name "De Hallen Haarlem".
On the time of my visit in Haarlem, I was lucky that the temporary exhibition was on Isaac Israel a very good Dutch impressionist. The theme of the exhibition was "Israels on the beach". This exhibition stops already on 19/08/2007. I have joined some photos.
Another exhibition (19/06-19/08/2007) in the Hallen is that of Fréderic Boot and Kees Verwey both 20th c. impressionist painters.
Next exhibition from 01.09.2007 to 25.11.2007 will show works from 15 young artists from Europe and the USA with the theme "The present order is the disorder of the future".
Streetorgans are an important part of Dutch history and traditional culture. If you are lucky you will see and hear one while walking trough the towncenter. When you see one you can put a small amount of change in the small copper box he carries. The streetorgan player will appreciate that.
In my youth a streetorgan passed trough my street sometimes. It was pulled by a horse. I always used to give the horse a carrot and the man who turned the wheel of the streetorgan 25 cents.
The streetorgan museum is a very nice museum. They have beautifully restored old and traditional streetorgans. You can see and hear the organs play every Sunday in this museum.
Apart from their own collection, a guest organ from somewhere in the country is playing every Sunday.
If you want a preview on streetorgan music, just check their website:
The site is also available in English. You can listen to mp3 files of streetorgan music here.
Sunday afternoon 11 am -18 pm.
Other days only by appointment:
To make an appoitment cal: 023-5380497
Let me begin with an attempt at sharing the more literal meaning of "ten Boom." According to my elegant and well-versed tour guide at the museum, "ten Boom" means, "tree," more or less. With that settled, this is a very interesting museum to visit.
The family, ten Boom, lived above a clock and watch shop that the family owned and operated. To the honor of the ten Boom household, one of the daughters, Corrie, became the first woman to earn a watchmaker?s guild license in the Netherlands. But this is not the reason to visit, rather, the family operated a safe house to protect and care for Jews, Dutch Resistance Fighters, and all else who would knock upon their door seeking safety from the Nazi occupiers during WW II. This is the type of bravery and compassion for humanity that should be held up as shining examples of what to do when confronted by the type of evil that could only be born from governments that resort to the aggressive use of deceit, propaganda and torture. I only hope that good people, such as those of the ten Boom family, will be around to help those in need when the next political power decides to impose their ideology on others through force or intimidation.
This photo shows the hidden passage, through the bottom of a linen closet, which led to a one by two meter hiding space beyond the false brick wall. The heroic efforts of the ten Booms saved hundreds of lives, but sadly, imprisonment and the stress of the generally poor living conditions imposed by the occupation led to the deaths of most of the family. Today there are no ten Boom descendents, but the home is maintained by a local historical preservation society and is open daily as a museum. The storefront space, that was once home to the family business, continues to be used as a watch and clock shop.
This museum shows you the history of Haarlem and its surroundings. There is an exhibition area that shows you all the facts about the city with a lot of historic pieces like the Stadsrechten (city-rights). Another must see is the maquette of the city of Haarlem which is 2.5-3 meters big. The highlight of the museum is the 10-15 mins long video that shows you the history of Haarlem. It is sort of interactive because during the movie a locomotive passes under the screen when the video explains that the first train was going from Haarlem to Amsterdam. Or you see the airplane "Spin" from Fokker flying across the room!! Very nicely done. The entrance is also very cheap, only 1 Euro even without any discounts!
The Global Hemp Museum is a very nice and interesting place with all the information available on the wonderful cannabis plant. There is even a few plants growing inside and although they don't sell weed or hash you can certainly smoke your own while visiting the museum if you like.
If you went to Amsterdam and enjoyed touring the Anne Frank House, then you will like this as well. Rather than presenting the viewpoint of those hiding from the Nazis, you get the point of view from those who hid people. You must go on a guided tour, which are available at various times in the day. There is no admission charge, however I recommend a donation or at least buying something from them. Our guide was very good with describing the events which took place here in Europe's darkest days. This tour will be given in a Christian perspective since Corrie ten Boom believed that it was her Christian duty to help those in dire need. You will see a hiding place built into the wall. I think everyone could learn something from this place. On the ground level is a watch shop, which was the family profession.
The impressive mix of architectural styles among the buildings surrounding the central Market Square was enough to keep the eyes spinning. This photo shows one of my favorites, built from brick and stone laid in a fanciful pattern and adorned with so many spires; it looked as though it were decorated with cake frosting. The rigged symmetry of the museum's facade is rather striking when compared to the more free flowing form of the sculpture located in the plaza before it.
This is the huge 64 hose hookah that is inside the Global Hemp Museum. A gigantic monster hitter with a bowl that needs 50 grams of weed and/or hash to fill it up.
It usually only used once a year due it's enormous size and that is for the harvest party held in late November. Then it is quite a task to move the massive hosed hooka across town to the Willie Wortel Sinsemilla.
One of the most unique exhibitions in the world, Het Dolhuis, or the Museum of Psychiatry, offers visitors an opportunity to learn about psychiatric diseases and behavioral disorders afflicting individuals and society from the perspective of Dutch history. I highly recommend visiting this museum to anyone with even a modest interest in psychology or psychiatry. Although there are no information displays in English, the exhibits are so well constructed that anyone with exposure to an introduction to psychology course will be able to comprehend the message and leave feeling rewarded. I hope to see additional languages added in the future because this museum truly is so unique and thoughtfully constructed that it should be more readily shared with the rest of the world.
In any event, I found the staff and docents working at the museum to be very knowledgeable and helpful. On the day I visited, I had a wonderful conversation with a docent named Eef. He discussed with me many of the social and economic differences between the US and Dutch treatments of mental illnesses. I'm sorry I didn't have the time to continue our conversation further, but I will look for him again when I return. Until then, Cheers to Eef and the rest of the fine and caring folks at museum!
One of the best movies I have ever seen is the Hiding Place - the story of Corrie ten Boom. It still shows occasionally on TV in England , and presumably other countries, and is the story of how the Ten Boom family sheltered Jewish people in their flat above their Haarlem clock shop.
The museum is free entry and volunteers take visitors around the flat in which the family lived - a visit takes about 1 hour and the guides speak English. A donation is welcomed by the guides.
Much of the house has been refurbished to appear as it did in the 1940's. Visitors can see the actual "hiding place," which is a small area behind a false wall in Corrie's bedroom. This is where Jews and others were safely hidden from the Nazis. There are also displays of family mementos. The museum also contains a book shop. A sign on this green door gives the time of the next tour. Visitors gather in the side street and are invited into the house by a guide at the appropriate time for the tour.
The Hallen Museum is the museum for contemporary and modern art.
The museum is housed in three historic buildings, the Vleeshal (Flesher's hall) from 1605, the Verweyhal and the smaller old fish house with the present entrance to the museum..
The collection is around 10,000 pieces.
Admission: € 7,50 (Adult)
Tu-Sa: 11AM - 5PM
Su: Noon - 5PM
The Ten Boom Museum or the Corrie ten Boom Huis is the house of the Ten Boom family, a clock- and watch maker house. During the Second World War the house was a hiding place for jews and members of the local resistance.
The house can be visited as part of guided tours that start every half hour (see the website).
The tours are alternating given in the Dutch or English language.
The Haarlem Historisch Museum is the local historical museum. It is housed in one of the oldest remaining buildings of the city, once a part of the hospital (Gasthuis) and the cloister.
The museum collection is a time line if Haarlem landmarks and famous citizens.
Furthermore there are special rooms dedicated to the history of the building (Gasthuis) and the history of local public transportation.
One hall is used for temporary exhibitions.
Admission: € 7,00 (Adult)
Mo: Noon - 5PM
Tu-Sa: 11AM - 5PM
Su: Noon - 5PM
The Ten Boom family have lived in this house (dating from around 1600) from 1837, with William Ten Boom originally running a clock and watch shop on the premises. He passed on the house and business to his son, Caspar, and then it was taken over by Caspar's daughter Corrie.
During the Second World War, from 1943 until their betrayal in 1944, the Ten Boom family, strong Christians, provided a 'safe house', hiding many Jews and members of the Dutch Resistance, sometimes just for a few hours, sometimes for months. In that way they helped to save more than 800 people.
The family were betrayed to the Nazi occupiers in 1944. More than 30 people were arrested, although the Nazis did not find the 6 people (4 Jews and 2 Resiatnace workers) hidden within the house itself. They were freed and moved to other safe houses. Four survived the war.
Of the Ten Boom family, only Corrie survived the arrest and subsequent internment in concentration camps. She lived until 1983. In 1988 the house was turned into a museum, although the family jewellery and watch business still continues.
You can only visit the house in a tour..the museum operates as an 'open house', where visitors are told about the history of the family and their wartime activity. Guides are volunteers and tours are in Dutch and English, although German and French tours can also be arranged.
Tour times are shown by the entrance to the museum (at the side-rear of the shop) and also on the website, which is in Dutch only. Entrance is free, although donations are appreciated, and it is possible to reserve a place on a tour in advance through the website.
The museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays.
You can read about Corrie Ten Boom in English here
De VLEESHAL is one of Haarlem's most important historical buildings and a Master piece of architecture.
City-Architect Lieven de Key designed the building and his style and interpretation have left their stamp on several parts of the City of Haarlem.
Originally not everyone was very happy with this in Dutch Renaissance style constructed building that dates from 1603.
It is said that someone once put it this way: this has been built by an architect who was under the influence of jenever (gin)....
Nowadays DE VLEESHAL is famous as THE example of Renaissance architecture!
Originally it was built for Haarlem's BUTCHERS.....
During the restoration in 1990 the cellar of the Vleeshal has been handed over to the archaeological Museum.
Nowadays it is used as a part of the FRANS HALS MUSEUM, as is the VISHAL.
De VISHAL, built in 1769 has been built against the North side of the Grote- or St. Bavo church.
OPEN: Mondays through Saturdays from 11AM - 5PM and on Sundays from 1PM - 5PM
A small entrance fee will be charged....